Kristie Holmes: What It’s Really Like To Run For Office Part 2
By Rachel L. West
This is Part 2 of the interview with congressional Candidate Kristie Holmes. You can read part 1 here. Kristie is running in CD33 out in California for a seat soon to be vacated by Henry Waxman. It is a hotly sort after seat. Holmes, a social worker and professor at USC School of Social Work, is one of 21 candidates running in this race.
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What do you do (generic is fine)? What made you decide to go that route? Any tips? Advice? Anything?
I’m an advocacy consultant and social work career coach. Macro social work (aka community practice) is a huge umbrella. I’ve done community organizing, been an advocate for a DV agency, managed a community center and have written.
I wanted to do community practice work because I wanted to have an impact on communities and organizations not just a small hand full of people. I also have little interest in mental health counseling. I am much more interested in talking about social welfare issues and policy then I am psycology.
My belief is that you need to be working at the macro level to affect real change. If you only focus on micro all you are doing is maintaining the status quo.
My advice is to stick to your guns and don’t let anyone define what social work is for you. People will try to push you into doing clinical work. Even within social work you will find many people who do not understand macro. They will see macro as only encompassing administrative work within a mental health organization. Admin work is a very teeny tiny area of macro practice.
I suggest joining ACOSA (Association of Community Organization and Social Administration). I would also follow these blogs:
Social Work Helper
The Political Social Worker
Classroom to Capitol
If you’re still a student you may be interested in MSWSN (Macro Social Work Student Network).