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Welcome to ISP, a nonprofit organization for social work educators, students, and practitioners with passion for policy! Our goal is to prepare and motivate social workers to play an active role in shaping the social policies that impact our clients and communities.

MACRO Conference 2020 & Teaching Institute POSTPONED

The planning partners of MACRO Conference 2020 are following the advice of the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have made the difficult decision to postpone MACRO Conference 2020 & the Teaching Institute until 2021. Please continue to check the website for updated information. All your questions will be answered soon.

March interactive webinar and call to action

Voting in America: How barriers to voting suppress turnout, power, and outcomes

To mark Social Work Month, please join Gena Gunn McClendon, Suzanne Pritzker and Tanya Rhodes Smith on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00-11:00a.m. (EDT) to discuss voting justice and how barriers to voting in low-income and marginalized communities suppress voter turnout, limit political power and shape outcomes. Learn more about the current research and concrete ways for the profession and schools of social work to support individuals and communities in exercising the right to vote. A link to register for the webinar has been sent to ISP members.

How Social Workers Can Build Election Turnout

Impacting the Election of 2020: How Social Workers Can Build Election Turnout

In this evening event, Professor Mimi Abramovitz, co-leader of the National Voter Mobilization Campaign, makes a case for why it is essential for social workers to become involved in voter engagement. Given our position between the individual and society, social workers are uniquely positioned to register the people they serve and get out the vote. See Voting Is Social Work for useful resources.

Join ISP or renew your membership

Resolving to get more involved in the coming year? Join ISP or renew your membership! Become part of a professional community dedicated to advancing policy research, education and practice. Consistent with its strategic planning effort, 2019 will be a year of re-building for ISP. We’ll be examining our structure and programming, trying some new things, and gearing up for a big year in 2020! Renew or join now.

Macro Curriculum Guide now available

The Macro Curriculum Guide is here! ISP–together with its United for Macro partners–has been hard at work developing the Guide, which defines the 9 competencies through a macro lens, identifies relevant practice behaviors, and suggests a wide array of readings, media, exercises, assignments, and field activities. It promises to be an invaluable resource for faculty teaching policy and programs offering or developing macro specializations. Thanks to all of our policy colleagues who were part of this exciting effort! You can access an electronic copy of the Guide through CSWE; hard copies will be available in the near future.

NSWM Annual Management Conference

The Network for Social Work Management’s 31st Annual Management Conference¬†will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – Friday, June 5, 2020, at Fordham University Lincoln Center. The conference, “A Vision For The Future: Maximizing Social Impact”, brings together social work and human service leaders, international experts, researchers, and practitioners in an information event, resulting in attendees at all levels leaving with cutting-edge management strategies. Registration information and pricing is available on their website.