INSSWA Advocates for YOU
INSSWA makes sure to monitor important legislation to keep you in the loop both locally in Indiana and federally across the nation. Essentially we are a resource to stay up to date during the legislative session each year. Also, we work with other organizations such as NASW, MCCOY, CPLI, and IUPUI to ensure that we and you are informed about the location of House and Senate Bills and what you can do to impact votes.
We want you to touch base with your reps so we offer opportunities to learn about contacting your representatives. For those of you interested in being more hands on we attend L.E.A.D. Day which includes a training and information session about local bills. Also, we send members to work with and be trained by our national partners SWAA in Washington D.C. INSSWA can be your resource for practice skills working with politicians and staying abreast on hot topics..
Advocate For Yourself
Politics Affect Policy
Politicians are not experts in the field of social work, but YOU ARE and politicians need your input when making decisions that affect social workers and our clientele. The laws that are passed have a direct impact on the policy that governs your job. This is especially true in schools. Most recently, think about the Bully Law or even newer is the Firearms in School Parking Lots Law. You know your clientele better than anyone else. Let’s make sure that our representatives are given the information you possess, so that they can make the best possible decisions.
Know your Representative
Get to know your representatives on a first name basis. Email them, call them, and introduce yourself. Someone they’ve met in person is going to be a much more effective speaking than a complete stranger.
The Social Worker Skill Set
As a social worker you already possess the skills set necessary for talking with politicians: patience, reflecting content, asking open ended questions, active listening, etc. You have the tools needed to make a difference. If you aren’t feeling overly confident, take a friend to go with you during your meeting. Remember, politicians are professionally trained nice people, so it won’t be nearly as intimidating as you may envision. Click here for some helpful tips for contacting legislators & influencing policy.
Advocacy Day - More info coming soon