inSocialWork® is the UB School of Social Work’s monthly podcast series. Our purpose is to engage practitioners and researchers in lifelong learning and to promote research to practice and practice to research. 

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“It’s critically important for us as a profession to understand how computer science and folks who are doing AI in health and mental health are thinking about the problems that we’re thinking of. Those engineers are 100% coming for you.” – Lauri Goldkind, PhD, LMSW, associate professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service

Large language models, generative AI, natural language processing, ChatGPT and Dall-E are all conspiring to transform social work practice and education — at least, that’s the hype.
In this episode, Goldkind encourages us to take a breath and embrace the opportunities presented by these technologies. She recommends that we calmly and critically examine the evolution of AI, think creatively about its implications and advocate for collaborative conversations across disciplines. Transformative? Maybe. How about an open mind and a commitment to ethics and justice as we learn to ask the right questions?

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Technology in Social Work

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It is an exciting time to be a social worker! Innovative technology has opened up new possibilities to better serve our clients. 

On inSocialWork®, you can discover how social workers are leveraging technology in creative ways to build upon client strengths and increase the impact of their agencies. Our episodes cover a wide range of technologies—from telehealth and apps to text messaging, social media and even video games.


Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Perspective

Here at the UB School of Social Work, we integrate a trauma-informed and human rights perspective into all of our programs. inSocialWork® offers a variety of podcasts on trauma, trauma-informed care, human rights and social justice.

Global Social Work


Social workers need a variety of skills and a strong knowledge base to successfully navigate the diverse landscape of our increasingly global world. The UB School of Social Work provides many opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for professional practice and global citizenship.


Self-care is an essential part of sustaining good social work practice.

At inSocialWork®, we encourage social workers to explore, develop and engage in good self-care to enrich both their lives and their profession.

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From mental health to substance abuse, from ethics to cultural competence, you can explore a variety of topics with inSocialWork®.

The topics with the most downloads are:

  1. Macro Social Work and Community Issues
  2. Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care
  3. Social Work Practice and Interventions
The Most Downloaded inSocialWork® Podcast

Episode 147 - Dr. Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak: Social Entrepreneurship as a Social Work Practice

When asked about the word "entrepreneurship," most people are likely to think about business-oriented activities, perhaps, more specifically, using business innovation as a route to develop or enhance a business enterprise. However, most people probably have not considered using social consciousness as a foundation for engaging in entrepreneurial activities. In this podcast, Professors Rukshan Fernando and Andy Germak explore using entrepreneurship as a method to address social change.

Our Top Pick in Macro Social Work and Community Issues

Episode 48 - Robert Whitaker: Rethinking Psychiatric Care: If We Follow the Scientific Evidence, What Must We Do to Better Promote Long-term Recovery?

In this episode, author and journalist Robert Whitaker discusses what he has discovered through studying the evidence used to guide the treatment of psychiatric illness. With a critical eye, he describes the paradoxes in the conventional wisdom and practice in this field and how faithfully "following the evidence" would transform care for the drug-based treatment of mental illness.

Our Top Pick in Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Episode 10 - Dr. Sandra Bloom: The Sanctuary Model: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Treatment and Services

Sandra L. Bloom, MD, co-creator of the Sanctuary Model, discusses a trauma-informed approach to treatment and systems change. Dr. Bloom describes the paradigm shift needed to understand the psychobiology of trauma and its impact on recovery from mental illness.

Our Top Pick in Social Work Practice and Interventions

Episode 5 - Models of Supervision: Parallel Processes and Honest Relationships

Peter Sobota, clinical assistant professor at the UB School of Social Work, speaks with Dr. Lawrence Shulman, professor and dean emeritus of the UB School Of Social Work, about the nature of supervision in direct practice and administration.

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