Micro, Mezzo & Macro Social Work

Social workers have roles in many levels of society – micro, mezzo, and macro. Today, we’ll describe what each of these levels encompass and specific jobs a social worker does. Keep in mind, one social worker can perform in various levels, and they each can be integrated together for holistic, positive change.

Micro Social Work

Micro Social Work is direct-practice work in which a social worker meets with individuals, families, and small groups to support their treatment needs and improve their quality of life. Micro Social Workers include the following:

  • Psychotherapist
  • Child Protection and Family Services Worker
  • Foster Care & Adoption Worker
  • Juvenile Court Liasion
  • School Social Worker
  • Court Advocate
  • Probation Officer
  • Rehabilitation Case Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Substance Recovery Worker
  • Forensic Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Group Therapist
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Social Work Supervisor
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Behavior Analyst
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Domestic Violence Case Worker
  • Sports Clinical Counselor
  • Support Coordinator
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Disability Services Counselor
  • Homeless Shelter / Housing Case Manager
  • Mental Health Coach

Mezzo Social Work

Mezzo Social Work includes social workers that develop programs, organizations and work with groups and communities. Mezzo Social Workers have the following jobs:

  • Executive Director of Nonprofit
  • Board Member of Organization
  • Program Director
  • School Social Worker
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Community Center
  • Grant Writer
  • Deputy Director
  • Group Work Facilitator

Macro Social Work

Finally, Macro Social Work is a broad field of social work. This can include roles that support larger systemic change through advocacy and policy in order to better support communities. Macro Social Workers can pursue these careers:

  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist
  • Community Organizer
  • Advocate for Law & Policy Change
  • Community Funding
  • Policy Proposals
  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy Analyst
  • Community Specialists
  • Program Development Specialists

Social work is a vast and diverse field with many options for career growth and development. It is through the integration of micro, mezzo, and macro social work that we create equitable and lasting social change!

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