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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 Comparison of Gross Domestic Product and the Social Progress Index: Their Relevance for Understanding How People Are Doing in a Society

In this TED Talk, social progress expert Michael Green discusses the history of Gross Domestic Product as a measure of economic development and proposes the Social Progress Index as an improved...

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A Framework for Approaching Education and Training to Effectively Utilize Technology

On this website, Neil Ballantyne explains a framework for designing educational and professional development resources in ways that effectively utilize technology. It includes a video sample that...

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A Journal Article That Offers Ethical Trainings, Guidance, and Discussion Around Social Media Use in Child Welfare Policy and Practice

This article offers much needed insight on the ethical dilemmas of social media use within child welfare practice and policy by highlighting both the advantages and dangers. The authors conclude by...

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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 Report on Ways That Facebook Is Being Used to Support Prevention of Suicide

This news article outlines ways that users can utilize tools built into the social networking website Facebook to help connect others with suicide prevention support and resources.

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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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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 Video That Discusses What White People Need to Know About #BlackTwitter

In this webinar, our speakers Dr. Kimberly Ellis and Mr. Mike Langlois address these three questions: Why is America so obsessed with "Black Twitter?" What is most impactful about "Black Twitter?" and...

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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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An Overview of Twitter for Professionals

On this website, Howard Rheingold gives a brief overview of the social media micro-blogging website Twitter. It explains what Twitter is, the benefits that it can offer, and some best practices for...

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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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Best Practices for Effectively Using Instagram to Connect with Others

On this website, Stephanie Frasco discusses some best practices for using the social media photo-sharing tool Instagram.

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Best Practices for Photo Sharing Using Instagram

On this website, Jennifer Beese discusses some best practices for using the social media photo-sharing tool Instagram.

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Best Practices for Using Facebook as a Professional Networking Tool

On this website, Boris Epstein discusses ways to use the social media networking website Facebook to effectively create and manage professional networks.

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Best Practices for Using Twitter to Host a Conversation

On this website, Steve Cooper provides guidelines for effectively using the social media micro-blogging site Twitter to host a conversation.

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Best Practices for Using YouTube

This webpage from YouTube discusses strategies and best practices that organizations and individuals can use to build and utilize an effective YouTube channel.

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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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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 Forms of Internet Usage Affect Brain Functioning

This abstract provides an overview of an empirical study on the effects that internet searches have on brain activity in older individuals. The study compares different groups based on their level of...

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How People Respond Physiologically to Using Facebook

This abstract provides a brief overview of a study that found that using the social media site Facebook produces physiological responses that suggest it is a pleasurable experience.

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How Playing Games Can Improve Quality of Life

In this TED talk, researcher and game designer Jane McGonigal shares her personal story of depression and how she used games as a tool for healing. She shares her research into the scientific...

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How the Internet Could Affect Humans' Ability to Establish and Maintain Relationships

This article from The New Yorker discusses the research behind the Dunbar number - the measure of how many people humans are able to maintain relationships with at various levels of intimacy. It...

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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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Important Dates in Civil Liberties History

This free website provides a calendar of important civil liberties events in U.S. history, with links to further information and resources on events. The contents can be searched by date and by topic.

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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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NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice

This pdf contains standards that professional social workers can use as a guide when they are working with technology. The standards are broken up into four sections that represent various areas in...

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Online Representations Express People's Personalities

This article from NPR discusses research that examined how online avatars reflect their creators' personalities, even when the avatars are not designed to physically look like their creators. The...

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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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Potential Negative Uses of Technology

This animated video from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) explores the negative effects that internet technology can have on individuals and societies...

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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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Spent: An Interactive Program That Simulates Trying to Get Through One Month on Limited Income

Spent is a poverty simulator by McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham where users go through a month making daily choices regarding how they earn and use their money. Organizations may find it...

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Strategies for Managing Large Amounts of Information Online: RSS

On this website, Dawn Foster provides strategies and techniques for managing streams of information online. The website also includes a link to an audio recording of a presentation on this material...

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Strategies for Managing Large Amounts of Information Online: Social Bookmarking and Annotating

This website by Digitally Speaking provides detailed information on how to effectively bookmark and annotate websites in order to develop and maintain your own online catalog of important or useful...

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Strategies for Planning and Organizing Projects and Developing Goals

This blog post by Eric Blue provides a discussion of mind map techniques for visualizing and developing personal goals. It includes electronic tools that can be used to assist in the process of...

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Strategies for Using Twitter to Collect Information on a Topic

On this website, Dawn Foster discusses strategies and techniques for using the social media micro-blogging website Twitter as a tool for efficiently collecting information on a topic.

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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 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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The Internet's Effects on Neurobiology

This video lecture by Paul Howard-Jones, PhD, looks at research on how modern technologies affect how our brains are wired and work. It presents an important person-in-technological-environment...

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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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Using Text Messaging Can Lead to Greater Truthfulness in Answering Sensitive Questions

This research article, brought by Science Daily from the University at Michigan, suggests that utilizing text messaging technology facilitates truthfulness in answering sensitive questions. It...

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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 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 Internet Use Affects Human Brain Functioning

This article by Nicholas Carr in The Atlantic discusses some of the ways that using the internet affects how our brains function.

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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 That Technology Use Can Limit Access to Important Information

This TED Talk looks at some of the ways that our uses of technology can limit our exposure to important ideas and contrasting viewpoints, as well as the importance of drawing from a wide range of...

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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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Ways to Productively Respond to Negative Comments Online

In this New York Times article, Stephanie Rosenblum reviews some of the psychological research on how people react to negative comments and criticism online and suggests strategies for effectively...

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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.