Resources

Technology in Social Work

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Organizations Technology plays an ever-growing role in human service agencies and other social work organizations. Here, you will find resources related to best practices, new innovations, and opportunities for using technology in your organization.

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A Scholarly Literature Review Article Examining Ways That Virtual Worlds Can Be Effectively Used to Promote Creativity in Teams

Abstract: This article addresses the potential of virtual worlds as a platform for creative team collaboration. The proliferation of geographically distributed teams, striving towards innovative...

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Benefits of Adopting Technology in Social Work Practice

On this website, Christina Reardon discusses the benefits of adopting better technology practices and potential challenges that agencies may face in implementing new technology.

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Best Practices That Non-Profits Can Use to Effectively Fundraise for Projects

This article by Beth Kanter discusses strategies for effectively using crowdfunding to finance projects.

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Case Studies Regarding Social Media Use in Child Welfare Settings

This .pdf document provides two case studies regarding social media use in child welfare settings, along with discussions of organizational policies, best practices, and ethical concerns. The document...

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Effectively Managing Passwords to Protect Confidential Information

On this website, Ignatio Pacheco suggests best practices for maintaining and managing password security.

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How Using Large Pools of Data Can Contribute to Important Social Goods

This article from forbes.com provides a series of five examples of ways that nonprofits and service agencies can use large pools of data to understand and respond to complex social problems.

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How Using Large Pools of Data Can Contribute to Important Social Goods

This article from forbes.com provides a series of five examples of ways that nonprofits and service agencies can use large pools of data to understand and respond to complex social problems.

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Issues and Practices Related To Engaging in Long-Distance Supervision (Part 1)

The first of a three-part podcast series from The Social Work Podcast on phone supervision, this podcast interview introduces the listener to phone supervision, its similarities and differences to...

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Issues and Practices Related To Engaging in Long-Distance Supervision (Part 2)

The second of a three-part podcast series from The Social Work Podcast on phone supervision, this podcast interview examines the logistical details of setting up and participating in phone...

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Issues and Practices Related To Engaging in Long-Distance Supervision (Part 3)

The third of a three-part podcast series from The Social Work Podcast on phone supervision, this podcast interview examines one practitioner's experiences using phone supervision. The themes and ideas...

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Links Related to Social Media Use in Social Work

This website from NASW's North Carolina Chapter provides links related to the use of social media in social work. It includes general links, social media in practice, Facebook, Linked In, Skype...

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Programs for Making Animations That Can Be Used for Education, When Working with Clients, or in Agencies for Marketing or Training Purposes

The website includes a list, compiled by Richard Byrne, of five free websites that practitioners and clients can use to create short animations which could be used to engage clients (e.g., as a form...

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Technology’s Influences on the Lives of Persons with Disabilities and the Social Workers Who Work with Them

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, John Bricout, PhD, discusses his work and the powerful impact he believes that technology is having on persons with a disability...

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The Influences That Technology Has Had on Social Work Practice and Education

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Dean Nancy Smyth, PhD, discusses podcasting at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and the impact it has had. She also...

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Ways That Cities Are Using Technology to Promote Public Health

This website discusses ways that the Chicago Department of Public Health is using data to drive effective decision making.

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Ways That Nonprofits Can Use Social Media to Facilitate and Expand Their Impact

Networked nonprofits and the people who lead them are taking advantage of social media’s ability to facilitate and expand their impact by combining an organizational strategy with their professional...

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Ways That Social Workers Can Engage the Media and Media Technology to Promote the Profession

In this podcast, social work educator Jonathan Singer interviews journalist Maiken Scott about what she, as a journalist, looks for in a good interview and effective strategies for getting social...

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Ways That Social Workers Can Use Technology in Their Practice

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Claudia Coulton, PhD, discusses how social work practitioners, researchers, and students can use technology such as geographic...

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Ways to Use Technology to Better Meet the Needs of Elderly Clients

This online PowerPoint presentation with accompanying audio provides from husITa an overview of some ways that technology can be leveraged to address the challenges for services providers arising for...

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Disclaimer: The content shared within the Technology in Social Work Resource Center belongs to the authors of that content and does not necessarily represent the views, research or practice of the UB School of Social Work. Links are provided to inspire new ideas and innovative thinking and practice regarding the uses of technology within social work. It is the responsibility of each user to exercise good judgment to ensure that the use of content provided at each link is consistent with good social work practice and the ethics and values of the profession.