#MacroSW 4.5.18 Cyber Social Work

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This week’s chat is on the topic of Cyber Social Work. This topic will explore the concept of technological competence in social work practice, preparation of social work students for today’s digital world, digital mental health issues and the role of cyber liability insurance.

Here is a link the Canadian Cyber Social Worker (2012 YouTube video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTyvT5e1cNQ

JanetJoinerOur host will be Janet M. Joiner, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Detroit Mercy. She holds a doctorate from Wayne State University in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and BSW & MSW degrees from Western Michigan University. She is founder of the Institute for Cyber Social Work, an organization dedicated to advancing digital social work practice and education. She tweets under the name @CyberSocialWork ‏.

Here are the questions we hope to discuss during the chat:

  1. What does it mean to be “Technologically Competent” as a social worker?
  2. How prepared do you think today’s social workers are to treat clients presenting digital mental health issues, like Digital Dementia, Nomopobia (Fear of being without one’s digital device), Selfie Syndrome and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)?
  3. What specific technology skills/techniques do you think students should be taught in BSW/MSW programs to prepare for practice in the digital age?
  4. Discuss your level of comfort and/or experience using video-conferencing platforms like Skype, Vsee, Zoom, etc.
  5. Field Education, Human Behavior, Research, Policy, & Practice are the major curricular areas in Social Work education. Discuss if you believe “Technology” should be added as a required area in social work curriculum
  6. NASW Assurance offers varying levels of Cyber Liability Insurance coverage for interested social workers. What do you believe is the purpose of cyber liability insurance coverage?

 Additional Resources:

Barry, C. T., Doucette, H., Loflin, D. C., Rivera-Hudson, N., & Herrington, L. L. (2017). “Let me take a selfie”: Associations between self-photography, narcissism, and self-esteem. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 6(1), 48. doi: 10.1037/ppm0000089

Bragazzi, N. L., & Del Puente, G. (2014). A proposal for including nomophobia in the new DSM-V. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 7, 155–160.  doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S41386

Chan, C. (2016). A scoping review of social media use in social work practice. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(3), 263-276. doi: 10.1080/23761407.2015.1052908

Dossey, L. (2014). FOMO, Digital Dementia, and Our Dangerous Experiment. Explorations, 10(2), 69-73. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2013.12.008

Gwinn, J. (2013, November 12). Overuse of Technology Can Lead to ‘Digital Dementia’. Retrieved from http://www.alzheimers.net/2013-11-12/overuse-of-technology-can-lead-to-digital-dementia/ 

Henkel, L. A. (2014). Point-and-shoot memories the influence of taking photos on memory for a museum tour. Psychological Science, 25(2), 396-402. doi: 10.1177/0956797613504438

Medenica, S., Račić, M., & Joksimović, V. (2015). Internet and computer addiction: “new age” disease of the 21st century. Biomedicinska Istrazivanja, 6(1), 69-75. doi: 10.7251/BII1501069M

Mishna, F., Bogo, M., Root, J., & Fantus, S. (2014). Here to stay: Cyber communication as a complement in social work practice. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 95(3), 179-186. doi: 10.1606/10443894.2014.95.2.

NASW/ASWB. (2017). NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA standards for technology in social work practice. In NASW Press. Retrieved from http://www.socialworkers.org/includes/ newIncludes/homepage/PRA-BRO-33617.TechStandards_FINAL_POSTING.pdf

Petry, N. M., Rehbein, F., Ko, C. H., & O’Brien, C. P. (2015). Internet Gaming Disorder in the DSM-5. Current Psychiatry Reports, 17(9), 72-72. doi:

About #MacroSW:

#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com.

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