Resources

Technology in Social Work

Social Work Practice (Micro, Mezzo and Macro)

Social Work Practice (Micro, Mezzo and Macro) Technology provides social workers with opportunities to enrich their practice in new and creative ways. Here, you will find resources related to the use of technology in social work practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels.

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A Blog that Collects Articles on the Effecitive Use of Technology in Social Work Practice

This blog is dedicated to sharing articles about understanding technology tools and using them to support social work practices. Users can sign up for email notices when new articles on technology in...

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A Mobile App for Children That Teaches Social and Emotional Skills

This mobile application for iOS and Android devices leads children through an interactive adventure with Allen, a youth from another planet who is trying to learn how to interact with other children...

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A Mobile App That Helps People Track and Manage Common Symptoms That Are Experienced After Trauma

Created by the VA's National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app provides reliable information on PTSD and its treatment, tools for...

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A Podcast on the Impact That Robots and Other Emerging Technologies Have on Social Work Practice

In this Podsocs podcast, Patricia Fronek interviews Dr. Antonio López Peláez about his research on emerging robotics technologies and the ways that they are changing human societies. They discuss how...

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A Program for Making Games That Can Be Educational or Therapeutic

GameMaker: Studio is a free app from YoYo Games for creating video games; the app does not require any prior programming knowledge or experience. The website also provides tutorials to learn how to...

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A Scholarly Review Article Examining Data on the Use of Virtual Worlds as a Platform for Conducting Healthcare-Related Support Groups

With the advent of social media technologies, debate continues to swirl around the ability of these technologies to either connect or isolate. Healthcare support communities represent an especially...

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A Website That Helps You Locate Service Near Any Given Location

This website includes an interview with the creator of Ask Aunt Bertha, a website that allows users to enter a zip code and locate important human services located in the vicinity of that zip code...

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A Website That Shares Articles Related to Technology in Social Work

This website shares an archive of online articles on the use of technology in social work. Social Work Helper also shares articles on other topics related to social work. Users can subscribe to...

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Adolescents Sending Text Messages Containing Adult Material

A PDF file of a research report from the Pew Research Council's Internet & American Life Project. It reports both quantitative and qualitative data on adolescents and sending phone text messages that...

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An App to Assist Social Workers in Developing Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

This app by Tarsem Singh Cooner is designed to spark conversation and help social workers think through the strengths and challenges of social media and its uses in practice. The website provides...

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An Article on Ways to Use Mobile Applications ("Apps") in Social Work Practice

This article from the magazine Social Work Today discusses ways that social workers can effectively use mobile technology in clinical social work practice. It also discusses potential concerns...

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Assessing Client Technology Use in Family Practice

On this website, Ellen Belluomini discusses the importance of assessing client technology use and offers suggestions for what to assess with clients to better understand the roles and meanings that...

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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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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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Children's Use of the Internet and Its Implications for Social Work Practice

This podcast interview from the PodSocs podcast series explores research and issues related to children's use of the internet. It also discusses the implications of this research for social work...

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Clinical Implications of Selfie Photographs

In this video, Lisa Fichte, LMSW, of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education, and Michael Langlois, LCISW, discuss the phenomenon of "selfie" photographs and...

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Cyberbullying and Its Implications for Social Work Practice

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Dean Faye Mishna, PhD, discusses her research on cyber bullying among youth, its prevalence, its effects, and what social workers...

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Cyberbullying, Its Clinical Implications, and Related Ethical Concerns

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Janet Joiner, PhD, discusses cyberbullying and the ways that online technology can be used to harass others and the forms that...

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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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Ethical Concerns Related to Social Media Use

This website from SocialWorkLicensure.org explores and offers suggestions regarding ethical concerns that arise with the use of social media in social work practice.

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Ethical Issues That Arise for Social Workers in the Context of Social Media

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Kathryn Chernack, PhD, discusses the common ethical issues and dilemmas encountered by social workers when using social media...

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Ethical Issues That Arise in Online Practice

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Dr. Allan Barsky, PhD, explores managing the ethical and practice issues related to online social work practice. His discussion...

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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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Impact of Technology on the Lives of American Teens

This slideshow from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life examines data on teen technology use and explores some of its implications for practice.

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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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Microaggressions and Their Prevalence Online

On this website, Ellen Belluomini provides a review of the concept of microaggressions along with examples from and an emphasis on their prominence online.

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Positive Effects that Blogging Can Have on Adolescents

This research article from the American Psychological Associate and Science Daily suggests that using online journaling technology is an effective means of helping adolescents.

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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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Relationships Between Psychodynamic Theory and Technology in Clinical Practice

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Charles Syms, LCSW, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss ways that psychodynamic theory in clinical practice can be applied to...

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Roles That Communication Technology Can Play in Social Work

This PubMed article contains the full text of a peer-reviewed research article about the contributions that advancements in information and communication can play in social work. It provides an...

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Roles That Technology Can Play in People's Lives and Implications for Clinical Social Work

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Lesa Fichte, LMSW, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss technology, how people relate to it, the roles it plays in people's lives...

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Setting Appropriate Personal and Professional Boundaries with Respect to Technology Use

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Lesa Fichte, LMSW, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss the importance of setting healthy boundaries and maintaining effective...

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Social Justice Issues Related to Access to Technology

This video with discussion and commentary by Michael Langlois explores issues of social justice related to access to technology and the roles that social workers can play in promoting access.

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Social Networking Both Online and Offline and Its Importance to Social Work Practice

In this podcast, social worker Jonathan Singer interviews Dr. Lambert Maguire about social networking and its applications to both research and social work practice. The discussion examines social...

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Strengths and Limitations of Using Online Platforms to Grow and Maintain Social Change

In this TED Talk, sociologist Zeynep Tufekci looks at the ways that social media and online platforms can help social movements to organize and grow. She also looks at the forces that often inhibit...

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Technology in Social Work Education: Educators' Perspectives on the NASW Technology Standards for Social Work Education and Supervision

The latest National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Technology Standards (2017a) offer updated guidance for thinking about the use of technology in social work practice, with brief...

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Technology’s Important Contributions to Social Work Practice

Join Nancy J. Smyth, LCSW, PhD, Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and Mike Langlois, LICSW, therapist and innovator in...

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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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Technology's Effects on Social Workers' Daily Practices

In this podcast, Dr. Faye Mishna discusses her research examining social workers' experiences and how communication technology has entered their daily practice. Existing literature has highlighted the...

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Teleconferencing Companies That Claim That Their Products Are HIPAA Compliant

This website from the TeleMental Health Institute contains a chart listing websites that offer HIPAA compliant teleconferencing services that practitioners interested in online therapy may wish to...

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Texting Adult Material and Its Implications for Social Work

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Poco Kernsmith, PhD, and Roger Kernsmith, PhD, explore the prevalence of sexting and discuss an appropriate and balanced approach...

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The Importance of Understanding Video Games and the Roles They Play in Clients' Lives

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Michael Langlois, LCISW, addresses the pervasiveness of technology -- specifically video games -- in our clients' day-to-day...

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The Role of Technology in the Lives of Adolescents

This abstract provides a summary on a talk given on the roles that technology plays in shaping the "drama" that teens may often engage in, as well as the significance that the "drama" plays in their...

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The Roles of Neuroplasticity and Technology in Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury

In this TEDx Talk, clinical psychologist Jeff Snell discusses ways that technology can be used to support recovery and rehabilitation for people who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

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The Ways That Technology Influences Long-Distance Relationships Between Deployed Military Personnel and Their Spouses

In this podcast from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Alexa Smith-Osborne, PhD, and Jayshree Jani, PhD, discuss their work studying the impact of technological advances in...

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The Ways That Technology Is Changing How People Think About Traditional Population Categories

In this TED talk, media maven Johanna Blakley shares data on how social media and online networking tools allow individuals to break out of traditional demographic categories and connect in ways that...

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Using Digital Resources to Support Client Self-Advocacy

On this website, Ellen Belluomini offers steps for utilizing digital resources to connect clients with self-advocacy opportunities.

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Using Games and Game Models in Clinical Practice

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Charles Syms, LCSW, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss gaming and gamification and explore ways they can be used in clinical...

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Using Social Media to Boost the Public Perception of Social Work

This news article by Rebecca Joy Novell presents ways that social workers can use social media to improve public perceptions of what social workers do, and reasons why it is important to do so.

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Using Technology to Develop Professional Networks

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Dean Nancy Smyth, LCSW, PhD, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, explore how social work and human service professionals can utilize social...

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'Video Game Addiction' as a Clinical Diagnosis

This article from ScienceDaily and the American Psychiatric Association looks at the idea of 'video game addiction' as a clinical diagnosis.

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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 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 That Twitter Can Be Used Therapeutically

In this video interview, social worker and blogger shares Monica Cassani her experiences using Twitter as a way to form a supportive community that helped her through her process of healing and...

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Ways to Integrate Technology into Clinical Practice

In this video from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Dean Nancy Smyth, LCSW, PhD, and Michael Langlois, LICSW, discuss ways to integrate social media and technology into clinical...

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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.