Producer: Deborah Thibeault, DSW, LCSW
Interviewer: Whitney Rosenblatt, MSW, Class of 2023
Guest: Jessica Toft, PhD, MSW, BA, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota
Dr. Jessica Toft discusses the history of social welfare, including social movements that pave the way for new and more equitable laws, and how social workers have effectively or ineffectively advocated for legislative changes. She discusses how social workers can make a difference in changing systems when everything feels stuck; ethical issues in bureaucracies and social justice; the importance of historical knowledge in making changes today; current focuses of the social work profession; and what social work students who may be going into micro-focused work need to know. Furthermore, she highlights neoliberalism, critical theory, and abolitionist social work.
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Social Work Policy Podcasts were created as part of the East Tennessee State University’s Open and Affordable Course Materials Awards Program.
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Thibeault, Deborah; Rosenblatt, Whitney; and Toft, Jessica, "ETSU Social Work Policy Podcast with Dr. Jessica Toft: Full Podcast (31:34 mins)" (2022). Social Work Policy Podcasts. 12.