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Cyber Social Work: Is the Profession Ready?

Thursday, November 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Duane Breijak
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NASW member Janet M. Joiner, PhD, LMSW, with the Institute for Cyber Social Work, recently published an article with The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education. The article, Cyber Social Work: Is the Profession Ready?, explores the readiness of social workers to engage in online service delivery and counseling as well as challenges associated with online practice.


"Use of the Internet, social media, and mobile devices has become problematic for certain
segments of the population, resulting in social dysfunction and mental health struggles. As these issues grow, social workers must ask themselves if they are adequately prepared through education, training, and experience to assist individuals presenting with these contemporary digital mental health challenges, with these issues presenting ethical dilemmas for some. Social workers should question if they have the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to address these developing techno-psychological issues. They must be
technologically competent in terms of the digital tools they use, as supported by National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB),
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA)
(NASW/ASWB/CSWE/CSWA. (2017)) that indicated, “social workers who use technology to
provide services shall obtain and maintain the knowledge and skills required to do so in a safe, competent, and ethical manner” (p. 16)."


Click here to read the full article.


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