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From Selma to Facebook: The Changing Face of Social Work Civic (WEBINAR - 1 CE)

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Yes, your voice does make a difference! The NASW Code of Ethics states that “social workers should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and promote social justice.” So, what does political and legislative advocacy actually look like in practice and what issues do social workers need to know about? During this keynote address, social work icon Ron Dellums will discuss the history of the civil rights movement, current trends in voting rights, effective community organizing strategies, as well the ethical obligations social workers have in being advocates and activists.


Learning Objectives:

1)      Participants will learn effective community organizing strategies.

2)      Participants will learn importance of civic engagement and how it applies to our citizens today. 

3)      Participants will learn key differences in generational struggles and what the current generation can focus on today in activism.


Presenter: Congressman Ronald V. Dellums, MSW retired in 1998 from a distinguished congressional career spanning nearly three decades. Universally lauded as one of the most compelling and articulate speakers to serve in the House chamber, Dellums occupied many leadership positions in the House of Representatives. From his first days in Congress, he authored bills to withhold support from the South African regime because of its support for apartheid. It was a Dellums’ bill that passed and made sanctions and divestment U.S. national policy after Congress overrode a veto by President Ronald Reagan. This divestment pressure helped the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to win the release of Nelson Mandela and led to his election as president of democratic South Africa. As the respected chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Dellums would take his struggle against militarism and war to the very heart of the national security establishment. During his chairmanship of the House District of Columbia Committee, he would have an   opportunity to advance legislation addressing some of the most pressing national problems: mental and community health delivery, pension fund solvency, and infant mortality, to name just a few. As chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, he led the effort to redefine national priorities through the budget process. Mr. Dellums has a master’s degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently a visiting fellow at Howard University Ronald W. Walters Center.


This course was originally held in November 2015. 


Once registering and paying for the course you will get access to view the webinar (through a downloadable pdf file), as well as receive a link to complete the post test. Attendees need to answer 80% of the content questions correctly in order to receive credit for the course. All continuing education certificates will be emailed within 30 days of completion of the post test.


For questions, contact the NASW-Michigan office at 517-487-1548, ex 15 or at


Continuing Education: 1 CE is available for social workers. $19 for NASW members, $29 for non-members.


NASW-Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, Provider Number MICEC-0017. This program is approved for 1.0 social work continuing education clock hour. Social workers (under the new General Rules) can earn up to half (22.5) of the required 45 hours of continuing education through alternative learning methods, such as this webinar.

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