This report is brought to you by the hard work of the Diversity/Membership Committee. More specifically, the committee would like to thank its members, Betsy Strewler, MSW, LSWAIC and Brian Prester, MSW, LSWAIC, for their work in designing and delivering the survey as well as interpreting the data. The committee also thanks Aimee Roos, the WSSCSW’s Executive Administrator, for her support in delivering the survey.
The survey results, as prepared by Betsy Strewler, are available here:
WSSCSW Diversity Survey Report_01_12_19.pptx
What follows is an Executive Summary. We’ve also attached a series of slides (above) to clarify the data. The survey, broadly, captured three areas of content:
● Membership Demographics ● Member Practice Settings ● Perspectives on WSSCSW Membership
The survey had 21 questions and 84 WSSCSW members responded, which means that, at the current membership at 260, the survey had a response rate of 32%.
Membership Demographics Respondents were generally between 50-70 years old (42.68%), female (78%), heterosexual (64%), spoke English in their practice (78%), white (68%), and of European descent (48%). Generally, the respondents were LICSWs (65%) and had about 21-30 years in practice (25%).
Member Practice Settings Respondents reported generally working the Seattle area (60%) and in private practice (51%). About 20% of respondents highly agreed (5 out of 1-5 scales) that racism is a clinical issue in their practice.
Perspective on WSSCSW Membership 76% of respondents identified they heard of the WSSCSW via word of mouth or from a professional colleague. The survey identified that members hope for four primary content areas from their WSSCSW membership: community/network (58%), mentorship (23%), professional development (10%), and training opportunities (9%). About 24% of respondents highly agreed that they would engage in in diversity/cultural humility/anti-oppression/racial justice training if offered. About 19% of respondents highly agreed that they feel they would benefit from spaces in this organization to engage in discussions with fellow members sharing particular interests and/or identities (i.e., affinity groups). 26% of respondents wanted to grow membership as a primary goal of the organization.
The Diversity/Membership Committee hopes to distribute the survey on a regular basis to keep a sense of the organization’s needs and the membership’s desire. We are actively looking for feedback about how to reach a broader base of the organization.
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