Upcoming Events

Social Media in Social Work Practice: Applying Ethics and Standards in the Real World (3 CEUs)

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

$20 for UBSSW alumni; $25 for all others

UB School of Social Work Alumni Association

Dr. Melanie Sage

Sarah Watson, (716) 645-1280 (sjwatson@buffalo.edu)

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Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics have been updated for 2018, and include several new standards for the use of technology in social work practice. They include how social workers should inform clients about technology use, expected technology skills of social workers, assessment of clients' abilities to benefit from technology-mediated practice, including email, and considerations for social workers' personal use of technology such as social media. In 2017, NASW, the Association of Social Work Boards, Council of Social Work Education, and the Clinical Social Work Association jointly released Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice. These Standards further address and illustrate uses of technology in practice, including searching online for clients, issues in provision of electronic and online services, and practices in delivering online social work education.

This workshop will present key components of the new standards with a focus on real-world practical impacts of social media on social work practice. We will address issues like what to do when you see client information online, get a friend request, or get questions about your own online identity. We'll talk about what you might be missing if you don't "do" social media, and how to dip in a toe. Using the new ethics and standards as our guide, we will explore common case scenarios related to how social media use can benefit social work practitioners, and also the risks and ethical landmines that come with exploring this new frontier.