A Free Online Resource For New Social Workers With A Passion For Advocacy.
Learn How To Engage Elected Officials Effectively.
Are you a new social worker who feels passionate about advocacy but also lost, intimidated and confused about the legislative process? You're not alone! Thats why I wanted to bring great resources together onto one single location so that you don't have to dig for information, like I did. Fight On!
Explore the connection between Euro American influences that shaped this country (through a Lakota Perspective) and present day social problems. By critically examining whose in power, who benefits from society and whose excluded - the structural design of our country will become more evident.
Are you confused about how exactly a state bill gets passed? This youtube video explains the endgame process of how an idea converts into a bill and how that bill becomes law.
This is my favorite NASW tool to search for my elected officials on a federal, state and local level. This is a great starting point to know who is running the show in your area.
Written by the Council for Social Work Education, it provides an in-depth overview of how congress works, explains the legislative process and even provides links that you can bookmark for easy access.
This resource guide was created by the NASW-NC chapter and contains several templates you can use for advocacy purposes from writing letters to knowing what to say when speaking to elected officials. It's a great way to visualize your next steps.
This TED Talk does a great job in discussing ideas of how to create social change by developing relationships with elected officials through the classic art of penmanship.
This video demonstrates how advocacy can be started with something as simple as having a pen and paper.
Apply your knowledge by listening to a podcast developed by NASW-FL's Shimon Cohen. In this interview, you will join Miami's city commissioner and social worker as she discusses her transition from her clinical role into the political arena.
She also outlines a plan on how you can get started by taking small steps on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Transcripts are available to follow along with for enhanced learning.
You have the desire and the information to start where you are. The next step is to identify what calls to you. The process may not be linear and it may take some time. However, it may be helpful to ask yourself:
This resource provides you with the 12 grand challenges as well as organizations to consider working with.
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From a advocacy standpoint, we highly recommend starting with:
Stay in the loop to when new content is added, develop your knowledge and advocacy skills in virtual training settings via zoom and connect with like-minded individuals who are also passionate about advocacy.
From advocacy tips to professional development tips, this A-Z guide from the NASW-PA Chapter reveals strategies to maximize your impact - regardless of the state in which you reside.
Need help finding your why? This short introductory read can be enough to help you rediscover the importance of advocacy.
This NASW-TX guide addresses common misconceptions of advocacy, provides statistical insights as to why legislators have power and draws on the importance for us to stand together as a profession.
Imagine what society would look like if more social workers were represented in public office settings. Social change could come about much more quickly if more of us considered running for office.
The University of Michigan recently released a specialty course for social workers interested in politics. There is a fee for the course that ranges from ranges from $380 - $420 dollars but it also gives you 28 CE credits.
This article featured on Social Work Helper outlines a core list of essential skills that are relevant to the social profession. This article helps you to identify what skills are you currently strong in and can help give insights as to what skills you need to sharpen as well.
What can you do when things aren't working? It's easy to neglect ourselves in the process of helping others, especially as social workers who see the negative implications of policy on communities and individuals. This self-care guide can help you to cope with feelings of fatigue and help avoid burnout.
Learn how to expand your reach, educate the public and influence elected officials.
The Oped Project is a company that started in 2008 with values similar to the NASW. It hosts numerous workshops and events throughout the year to enable underrepresented individuals to have their voices heard.
It offers both paid and free resources to help you develop your skills.