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Webinar 2: Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge: Cultivating an Agency Culture for Policy Conscious Practice

May 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Strengthening The Macro-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 2: Strengthening the Micro-Macro Bridge: Cultivating an Agency Culture for Policy Conscious Practice


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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

Are you a social work leader who wants to be more engaged in advocacy? Do you wonder how to get your agency on board?

As a social work leader, you are able to see the “big picture” of the social policy issues that impact direct care. Furthermore, as an agency administrator or clinical director, it is your responsibility to create a vision and translate social policy into organizational practice. How do you cultivate an agency culture for policy conscious practice? A culture that’s conducive to engagement in policy practice? How do you share that vision? Moreover, what steps are required to educate staff about the policy implications for service delivery?

This webinar is designed to help you answer those questions.


What You Will Learn:

  • Review social work professional roles, responsibilities and ethical obligations of being an advocate
  • How to define what your vision is for policy practice
  • How to communicate your policy conscious vision to staff

Presented By ...

John Cowart, MSW, LCSW is the 2015 National Association of Social Workers, Social Worker of the Year Award recipient. Cowart recently retired after dedicating 30 years of professional practice to the Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Cowart supervised social workers in mental health and performed individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for veterans. Mr. Cowart’s commitment to the profession of social work and social workers has been unwavering. During his career Mr. Cowart established an “Excellence in Social Work” award for staff in memory of Norman Polansky one of his professors at the UGA School of Social Work.


Mr. Cowart is known for reducing gaps in service, strengthening or building relationships that did not previously exist between center, other federal and county veteran’s service offices, congressional offices, and local communities. In addition to Mr. Cowart’s professional responsibilities, he organized weekend reunions for survivors of the World War II battles of Bataan and Corregidor, and arranged trips for veterans living with PTSD to visit the national war memorials in Washington, D.C. NASW CEO, Angelo McClain has described Mr. Cowart’s work as “awe-inspiring, innovative and inspirational.”


May 24, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Rosemary Llewellyn
Amy Murphy-Nugen
Shantel Sullivan