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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

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Dr. Jessica Toft talks about 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; critical theory; and current focuses of the social work profession; and what social work students who may be going into micro-focused work need to know.

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