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Macro Social Work Summit (6.5 CEs)
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Macro Social Work Summit (6.5 CEs)

The NASW – Michigan, in collaboration with The Children’s Center, will be hosting our first ever Macro Social Work Summit on Friday, May 10th, 2019. The Macro Social Work Summit will feature macro social workers with expertise in social enterprise, community organizing, research and evaluation, and social policy.

When: Friday, May 10th, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
27355 Cabaret Dr.
Novi, Michigan  48377
United States
Contact: Tricia McCarthy
513-487-1548 option 5

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Macro social workers make up a tiny fraction of social workers across the country.  Recently, there have been efforts to increase the number of macro practitioners, as their work is extremely impactful for families, communities, and the greater society.  Macro social workers create positive change through community organization, research and evaluation, policy reform, and numerous other methods.  At the town hall event that was hosted last summer by the NASW – Michigan for macro social work practitioners, the idea of a macro social work summit sparked.  As a result of the town hall discussion, the NASW – Michigan, in collaboration with The Children’s Center, will be hosting our first ever Macro Social Work Summit on Friday, May 10th, 2019.  The Macro Social Work Summit will feature macro social workers with expertise in social enterprise, community organizing, research and evaluation, and social policy. 


The Macro Social Work Summit will aim to:

a) Educate professional macro practitioners on the current issues/hot topics in the field and the future of macro social work practice

b) Serve as a networking location for macro social work professionals

c) Open discussion on policy and legislative concerns that impact social workers and their clients.


6.5 CEs will be awarded to licensed attendees.


This event is $80 for NASW members, $100 for future members, and $60 for students/retired NASW members



Event Agenda:


8:15am – 9:00am:          Registration & Breakfast

9:00am – 9:30am:          Welcome

9:30am – 10:50am:        Social Entrepreneurship in Social Work Practice

10:50am – 11:00am:      Break

11:00am 12:20pm:      Research & Evaluation Presentation

12:20pm – 12:40pm:      Break for Lunch

12:40pm – 1:40pm:         Lunch & Keynote -The Large Scale, Scope or Capability of Macro Practice

1:40pm – 1:50pm:           Break

1:50pm – 2:50pm:           Coalition Building in Macro Social Work Practice

2:50pm – 3:00pm:           Break

3:00pm – 4:20pm:           Panel Discussion and Q & A - Macro Social Work Panel

4:20pm – 4:30pm:           Closing



Presentation Information:


Social Entrepreneurship in Social Work Practice, Marijo Upshaw, LLMSW, MBA; Shantalea Johns, LMSW; Tamarie Willis, LLMSW; Dominique Golden, MSW; Meriam Issa, MSW, GC-EI, GC- PHP

The field of social entrepreneurship represents a dynamic shift in how protracted social challenges are addressed, necessitating a greater understanding of how social innovation and social enterprise are shaping social, health and human services. The aim of this workshop is to familiarize social workers with the field of social entrepreneurship by unpacking some of its major concepts. An overview of the field of social entrepreneurship will be offered along with ideas for how social workers can contribute to the field within the growing recognition that it’s more than creating social enterprises but rather about advancing systems change.


Research and Evaluation to Improve Performance, Joanne Sobeck, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Agius

Macro social workers are uniquely placed to help clients, agencies, and communities through the use of data. This presentation will:1) discuss a framework for understanding dimensions of macro research across settings; 2) guide participants in developing questions to guide research and evaluation; 3) describe methods for determining unit of analysis and practical aspects of data collection; 4) teach about new tools for community assessment, engagement and measurement, 5) learn stages and process for conducting internal evaluation of programs.


Keynote: The Future of Macro Social Work Practice, Carlynn Nichols, LMSW

This 1 hour presentation is meant to expand social workers current view of Macro social work practice. Participants will engage in a dialogue on the importance of social workers shifting the narrative of macro social work thru the design and implementation education, career, and professional development opportunities.


Coalition Building in Macro Social Work Practice, Jonah Siegel, Ph.D., MSW


Macro Social Work Panel, Marijo Upshaw, LLMSW, MBA; Jonah Siegel, Ph.D., MSW; Bryanna McGarry, MSW; Danielle Dillard, BSW




Presenter information:


Marijo Upshaw, LLMSW, MBA

Adjunct Faculty – School of Social Work & Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University

Marijo is an experienced social entrepreneur. Her career has spanned over 30 years at the social administration, leadership and management level. She received a MSW from Wayne State University and a MBA from the Executive MBA Program at Rutgers University. She serves on the adjunct faculty at both the School of Social Work and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She co-chairs the School of Social Work’s Social Entrepreneurship Committee. Previously, she was a principal of Social Work p.r.n., an entrepreneurial start-up that grew into a national provider of social work staffing services and a leading advocate for social work entrepreneurship. She has also served as the Leader of Financial Services for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Inc., where she led a broad portfolio of dynamic programs to help vulnerable populations build financial capabilities that touched the lives of 10,000 people annually. Marijo consults with and volunteers her time to help build mission capacity for several grassroots and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) serving the humanitarian needs of Syrian internally displaced persons and refugees.


Shantalea Johns, LMSW

Academic Services Officer – School of Social Work, Wayne State University

Shantalea is an academic services officer and part-time faculty at Wayne State University School of Social Work.  Johns serves as co-chair of Wayne State University School of Social Work’s social entrepreneurship committee. Johns is also a contributing writer for LittleGuide Detroit, a website and guide that provides parents and caregivers with parenting resources and options for exploring Detroit with their children. Johns earned a bachelors and master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. Johns’ research primarily focuses on the use of awareness and prevention initiatives to increase mental health literacy in higher education settings and to reduce the social isolation of college students with substance abuse and mental health concerns. 


Tamarie Willis, LLMSW

Program Coordinator – Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, Wayne State University

Tamarie has focused her social work education in the area of macro practice, with a focus on the community and policy platforms. A speaker at State Supreme Court Administrative Office, Tamarie spoke specifically on policies related to college access and retention for foster youth. She has co-authored a policy brief entitled Meeting the Education Needs Foster Care Youth: A Review of Laws and How to Maximize their Implementation. Her current research interest centers on the intersection of incarceration and child welfare, and she is currently working on research which resulted in a congressional briefing in Washington DC and the drafting of two federal bills aimed at increasing visitation between an incarcerated parent and their child(ren) in the child welfare system. She is currently enrolled in Wayne State University School of Social Work doctoral program, double minoring in criminal justice and statistics. Tamarie currently serves as the Michigan Re-entry Project system broker and program coordinator in Monroe County. There, she regularly facilitates communication among stakeholders, helping the systems develop processes, ongoing collaboration and coordination with behavioral health and criminal justice stakeholders. Tamarie also contributes to the analysis and verification of state-level and local data and writing of government reports.


Dominique Golden, MSW

Graduate Student – School of Social Work & Mike Ilitch School of Business, Wayne State University

Dominique Golden is a true catalyst for change, leader, and full-time graduate student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Recently, she transitioned from Corporate America to leverage her business skillset to enhance her home community in Detroit. At Wayne State, Dominique is pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Development in addition to a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation and Human Service Management. She is the Graduate Student Chair Representative for the Social Entrepreneurship Committee, Fundraising Chair for TIMMY Global Health Organization, OptimizeWayne Social Innovation Challenge Finalist, and Founder of Rights4Refugees.


Meriam Issa, MSW, GC-EI, GC- PHP

Student – School of Social Work, Mike Ilitch School of Business, & School of Medicine, Wayne State University

Meriam Issa is an emerging community, systems, and public health professional who is passionate about empowering immigrant and marginalized communities through community organizing, advocacy, research and evaluation. As a full-time graduate student at Wayne State University, part-time research assistant at the Social Work Student Research Center, intern in evaluation and advocacy at ACCESS, and co-president of the student organization, Coalition of Community Social Workers, Meriam is currently working to equip herself with the tools needed to adequately serve immigrant and marginalized communities. In her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, Meriam is also an emerging entrepreneur as one of four co-founders of CARE, Canadian Arabs for Rights and Empowerment, a community-based service and advocacy organization.


Joanne Sobeck, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research – School of Social Work, Wayne State University

Joanne is an Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Social Work Research in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. In this capacity, she directs strategies for to support faculty research and community partnerships to develop and evaluate best practices in social work interventions. Her recent research interests include community capacity building, child welfare workforce development, and health and environmental justice. Dr. Sobeck co-directs a nationally funded child welfare workforce recruitment and retention program. She also collaborates to reduce health disparities by building habits of community engagement for health with citizens. Most recently, she has been involved in an inter-disciplinary study to examine the relationship between the Flint water crisis and the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. 


Elizabeth Agius

Associate Director of Research Administration – Wayne State University

Elizabeth has been a program evaluator and researcher at Wayne State University for over 20 years in various departments. Most recently Ms. Agius has been working as the evaluator for the Michigan Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care for five federal grants for substance abuse prevention and treatment services. She currently serves as the Manager of Research Partnerships in the School of Social Work where she helps community partners to increase their research capacity. In this capacity she serves on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Center. At The Children’s Center she also serves on the Program Committee and provides consultation on evaluation and programming


Carlynn Nichols, LMSW

Chief Clinical Officer – The Children’s Center

Carlynn Nichols brings more than 20 years of experience in human services to The Children’s Center. She began her career as a home-based therapist at Southwest Counseling Solutions, and rose to the position of Director of Children, Youth and Families during her 14-year tenure. Following Southwest Counseling Solutions, she worked as the Director of Children’s Initiatives for Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. She was responsible for the oversight, management, development and coordination of services for youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance. In this position, she developed a comprehensive program of care for children and youth who are involved in multiple systems. In 2014, Carlynn joined the executive leadership team of The Children’s Center, where she serves as the Chief Clinical Officer. In 2016, she was elected as Vice President of Programs and Services for the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter. Carlynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and her Masters of Social Work at Wayne State University. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work in Macro and Clinical Practice, and serves as Adjunct Professor at Madonna University.


Jonah Siegel, Ph.D., MSW

Research Director – Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Jonah has conducted research on the criminal justice system for more than ten years for a range of government and nonprofit agencies including the Vera Institute of Justice, Michigan’s State Appellate Defender Office, and the American Friends Service Committee Criminal Justice Program. His research interests revolve around access to justice, the efficient operation of the criminal justice system, prisoner reentry, and policy development. He completed his doctoral research at the University of Michigan on the prevalence and implications of parole revocation among technical violators in the state of Michigan. At MIDC, Jonah is responsible for identifying institutional research priorities, overseeing data collection and analysis, and translating research findings into best practices.


Bryanna McGarry, MSW

Legislative Aide – Michigan Senator Jim Ananich

Bryanna McGarry is the Legislative Assistant for State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint), who serves on Senate Health Policy Committee, Economic Development, Transportation, and is the Democratic Vice-Chair of Banking and Financial Institutions. In this position, she manages and oversees Senator Ananich’s legislative priorities and also serves as a District Liaison, helping to support a number of community initiatives in Genesee County. McGarry also worked with Senator Ananich when he was a State Representative, transitioning with him to the Senate in May of 2013 after he won a special election. Before working in the Legislature, McGarry served as Senator Ananich’s Campaign Field Director in 2010. In 2011, she served as Campaign Manager for Flint’s Mayor, Dayne Walling, in his bid for re-election. In August of 2012, McGarry graduated with her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan after doing the accelerated one-year graduate program, with a macro focus of Policy and Community Organizing.


Danielle Dillard, BSW

Campaigns & Advocacy Coordinator – Detroit Justice Center

Danielle is the Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Detroit Justice Center. Originally from San Diego, CA, Danielle moved to Detroit from Portland OR, where she received her Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Portland. She identifies as a macro social worker with a background in organizing, advocacy, and program development.

She began her professional career with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, the farmworker union, where she worked as an organizer, registering and mobilizing the Latinx community to vote. She continued her journey with program development by creating pathways for mental health care professionals to engage in the asylum process, helping to win asylum cases, and then went on to create a deep canvass bilingual program to talk to community members about access to reproductive health care. More recently, she worked in the Michigan midterm elections while advocating for access to affordable health care, one minimum wage, and workers’ rights.







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