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Webinar 1: Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge: Integrating Policy into your Social Work Practice

May 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge: A Webinar Series

With generous support from the Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice, and in partnership with the Network for Social Work Management, Influencing Social Policy (ISP) is pleased to present the following webinar series, Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge. Webinar 1 will focus on integrating policy into your social work practice. Webinar 2 will help you cultivate an agency culture for policy conscious practice. Continuing Education Credits will be offered. ISP hopes you will be able to join us for one or both of the following webinars!

Webinar 1:  Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge:  Integrating Policy into your Social Work Practice

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2:00—3:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM —12:00 PM PST


Are you a social work practitioner who wants to be more engaged in advocacy–but aren’t sure where to start?

Every day, you are working hard to empower your individual and family clients to improve their quality of life and well-being. As an effective social work practitioner, you are committed to “starting where the client is” and helping your clients navigate through the challenges in their daily lives. Yet you also understand that what distinguishes social work from other professions is our responsibility to be advocates–to challenge social and economic injustice and to work to create opportunity for people who are traditionally left behind. But, in your busy and already full days, where do you fit in advocacy? And, how do you make sure you are acting ethically, within legal boundaries, and respecting any parameters set by your employer?

This webinar is designed to help you answer those questions.


What You Will Learn:

    • Why social workers should engage in policy practice
    • The social justice opportunities and the ethical and legal boundaries of engaging in social work advocacy
    • How to effectively integrate policy into your social work practice regardless of whether you are a micro or macro practitioner

The Presenters

Lillian Aguirre Ortiz, MSW

Lillian Aguirre Ortiz, MSW, currently serves as the Director of Public Affairs and Development for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the state-designated local mental health authority serving Harris County, Texas, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She began her career as a counselor and advocate for child and adult survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, a parenting educator, and a case manager for justice-involved youth. Subsequently, Lillian served as a legislative aide and then chief of staff to a Texas state representative, the director of policy and government relations for the Houston chapter of a national mental health advocacy organization, and the director of behavioral health policy and government relations for a health and human services collaborative. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rice University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston.

Mary Kiernan-Stern, MSW

Mary Kiernan-Stern, MSW, is an experienced social worker with over 30 years of practice in the areas of medical and mental health, and multicultural and spirituality issues. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York in Sociology and Afro-American Studies. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Mary has an MSW in Community Organization with a specialization in Employee Assistance Programs.


After 20 years in medical social work, Mary opened a solo practice in mental health counseling and clinical supervision full time in September 1997 until June 2002, returning to part-time practice in January 2006. In her work with children and adults, she specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral interventions for anxiety and depression, trauma and stress-related disorders, medical crisis and chronic illness, pain management, disability, family life issues, and sexuality and gender identity issues.


In 2009, Mary retired as a full time Instructor and Director of the MSW Field Education Program with George Mason University Social Work Department in Virginia. Mary was a long time member of the National Association of Social Workers and served in many capacities with the Virginia Chapter, as well as being a past member of the Council on Social Work Education. She retired from private practice in 2015 to become a full time grandmother.


May 3, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Rosemary Llewellyn
Amy Murphy-Nugen