12 episodes

A discussion about social work, oppression, and liberation.

Decolonize Social Work Decolonize Social Work

    • Society & Culture

A discussion about social work, oppression, and liberation.

    9: It's Time to Dump Those Financial Literacy Classes

    9: It's Time to Dump Those Financial Literacy Classes

    Working under stressful, unhealthy conditions is an ailment in the field of social work that mutes the voices of social workers, leads to burn out, and ultimately results in poor services to our clients. Worker-owned cooperatives offer an alternative to the hyper-capitalistic model we're all familiar with by giving power back to us - the workers - as collective owners of our work. It also enables us to center our values instead of our profit-margins. Listen and learn about the benefits of worker-owned cooperatives, and then get out there and take back social work! And for real, let's agree to stop with the financial literacy classes for our clients.

    • 48 min
    8: Let's Talk Labor Unions for Social Workers!

    8: Let's Talk Labor Unions for Social Workers!

    Note: This episode was recorded in October 2019, so while the conversation here is pure and timeless, please excuse a couple of out-of-time mentions about the Kentucky governor's race - cuz that already happened!
    Social workers spend a lot of time researching, talking about, and working together to come up with ways we can better serve our clients and communities. But what if the way we improve our services and support was by helping ourselves on the labor side of social work? Social workers routinely talk about how overworked and underpaid they are - but why does it have to be this way? This episode, we talk to a union organizer about the benefits of labor unions, why social workers specifically should seriously think about labor unionization, and a few things to expect if you do wanna take the first step at starting a social worker labor union. We can do this, y'all!

    • 51 min
    7: ACAB

    7: ACAB

    We - as in social workers - need to talk about police violence against Black people.

    • 27 min
    6: Decolonization, Explained for Social Work

    6: Decolonization, Explained for Social Work

    Several episodes into this project, and we take a leap back to offer some further groundwork for what we mean when we say "decolonization" in social work but also in society. We hope to clarify that, to paraphrase Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, that decolonization is not a metaphor for a different or better version of the same old social work. Prepare to get out of our comfort zones, everybody!

    • 53 min
    Pulse check; or, we're still here!

    Pulse check; or, we're still here!

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    Hey everyone! We know it's been several months since our last episode, and so we just wanted to check in and tell y'all that this project of ours is STILL kicking. We've just had a lot of things going on in our personal and professional lives that we haven't had the time to squeeze in the time to produce a new episode. But we're back and a new episode is on the way! We're really excited about what's on the docket for this podcast for the rest of the year, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

    • 3 min
    5: RE-RELEASE! - The Tyranny of the Child Welfare System

    5: RE-RELEASE! - The Tyranny of the Child Welfare System

    RE-RELEASE! After getting some helpful feedback from our social worker podcasting comrade Shimon from over at Doin' the Work Podcast (Thanks, Shimon!) about some tweaks we could make to this episode's recording, we're releasing a newly edited version that we think might sound a little better for those of you who may've had some difficulty hearing everything in our original release. Also, so as to not bombard everybody with two new re-released episodes, we've combined Part 1 and Part 2 into one track here. Hope you enjoy!

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    Threatening to separate families that don’t conform to colonizer norms is as old as the United States itself. This threat and the actual removal of children from their families has been institutionalized in what is now known as the modern child welfare system.

    Most social workers are familiar with some iteration of the child welfare system. In fact, popular opinion would probably have you (misguidedly) believe that social work IS child welfare. But really, what is this system that we call child welfare? Can the welfare of any and every child truly be determined by an entity founded on the norms of white middle-class heterosexual parenthood?In this episode, we speak with our (first!) guest, CT, about their 20-year experience working in child welfare. They share some gripping accounts of how this system causes more harm than it prevents as well as how it disproportionately targets families of color - especially Black families - than white families. And not only is this a terrible system for families to get caught in, but it’s demoralizing, dangerous, and unsupportive for the social workers employed by this system as well.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

Eva Trampka ,

Wonderful

Fellow MSW here and I just listened to the labor union episode. I’m born and raised in Chicago and went to a major social work school here—had no idea that Jane Addams and Hull House created labor unions. I’d also never considered social workers unionizing, but it makes perfect sense. Our CPS teachers union does amazing work in improving conditions in public schools and I’d love to take part in that. Thank you for this show!

dynve ,

yikes

Love the topic and intention, like most of the conversation...but I was really underwhelmed by the “decolonizing explained” episode. The two podcast hosts endorse “anyone who isn’t indigenous to this land is a settler” without even mentioning the trans-Atlantic slave trade. That’s a big oversight and betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of America’s historical settlement-enslavement economy. We are all lifelong learners and I encourage the hosts to look more to African American history.

PunkHymns ,

Helping me finish my degree

This podcast has inspired me to finish my bachelors in social work

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