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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 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. Information about neoliberalism and abolitionist social work is highlighted.

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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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