Category Archives: trauma-informed

Transcending Transphobia: Delivering Affirmative Care ~ #MacroSW Chat April 19, 2018

We’re pleased to be hosting this #MacroSW Twitter Chat on transphobia in health and mental health settings. What does affirmative care look like? What are social workers doing to advocate for our transgender clients, colleagues and communities?

The trans flag - blue and pink horizontal stripes - with the caduseus (sign for meidcine - two snakes wrapped around a stick - in the middle and words: DO NO HARM _No Rx for discrimination Image: National Center for Transgender Equality

This week, Fae Johnstone @FaeJohnstone (White, Trans, She, They), a trans organizer and consultant from Ottawa, will help us gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of trans identities. Their talk , titled Stepping Up on Queer and Trans Youth Mental Health, is one of two essential resources for this week’s chat.

Please watch the 24-minute video, Stepping Up. In it, Fae explains basic vocabulary (nonbinary, cissexism, gender identity, assigned gender, etc.), plus the extraordinary and depressing statistics on lgbtq youth mental health. They share their own story of walking out the door every day as a queer trans youth.

The second essential resource for this week’s chat is Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, with practical tips and training resources.

This chat will give you resources on how to support trans clients, and ideas about how we can collectively address the…

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Financial Capability Building: Mobile Money as an Intervention Going to Scale. Feb. 22, 2018 #MacroSW Chat

We’re pleased to have our @UBSSW faculty member Dr. Nadine (Shaanta) Murshid as the guest expert on this chat – hope you all can join us!

reblogged from https://macrosw.com/  Financial Capability Building: Mobile Money as an Intervention Going to Scale. Feb. 22, 2018 #MacroSW Chat 

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Imagine you are a woman who begins to work in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. You have never received a paycheck or hourly wages for your labor before you were hired for this job. You have never had a banking account. You have minimal financial literacy, such as the knowledge and skills to manage monetary resources effectively, and to make informed financial decisions. You do not know English, the international language of banking and finance. You lack basic information and communications technology. Now what?

Enter the introduction of mobile money: the use of a basic cell phone- not a smart phone – as a technology that addresses the need for banking services for the previously unbanked. It is a method to store, withdraw and transfer money. This innovation was adopted and spread very quickly in Bangladesh, with buy-in from the World Bank and major banking institutions.  Read more Read more

#UsToo?: Sexual Harassment in Social Work Education – #MacroSW Chat Jan. 25, 2018

Original post by Pat Shelly, UBSSW

Due to the most recent light that has been shed on sexual harassment and sexual assault with the #MeToo and #TimesUp hashtags, we will be looking sexual harassment that takes place in schools of social work.

As one of our guest experts for this chat, Dr. Melissa (Missy) Bird, says, “The era of  ‘handling it internally’ must end.”

A former social work Ph.D. student colleague of Missy’s at the University of Southern California filed a complaint against a professor who was found guilty of sexual harassment; he has faced no repercussions and will still be exposed to students. Since Missy blogged about it, many other instances of academic harassment were brought to her attention.

As Macro social workers we have an ethical obligation to publicly address harassment in all of its forms. Given the gender makeup of the profession (89% female), many forms of  harassment and unequal treatment takes place…

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Open Channels: If, When, and How to Communicate Social Work Research Beyond Academic Outlets

Editor’s note: We’re very pleased to re-blog this post by JaeRan Kim, Ph.D. Below are details of the roundtable that was part of the Society for Social Work Research 2018 Annual Conference.

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JaeRan Kim

I’m in Washington, D.C. for a social work conference, and yesterday I participated on a panel as part of the SSWR‘s Roots and Wings Roundtable series. The conversation was about alternative modes of sharing scholarship beyond the traditional academic audience of peer review journals.

I really enjoy these conversations and this one was no exception. There were many important points made and I wanted to highlight some of the questions and concerns that were raised:

  • The feedback loops that scholars can receive when sharing their research in the communities they are studying can be constructive (e.g. you’re going the wrong way, asking the wrong questions) and generative (i.e. here is what we want you to study). In my work, I have benefitted from both constructive and generative feedback.
  • Does depth and complexity get lost in communication beyond academic outlets? I think it can, but it doesn’t have to be…

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