ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
As a social worker you often may feel a lack of hard data to underpin the decisions you have to make with your client. Did you know that there a lot of apps that can help you to track several processes and by this generate data for social work. The Quantified Self, a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self-knowledge through self-tracking, publishes a Quantified Self Guide that lists more than 500 tools, apps and projects for self-tracking. Most of them are free. The tools include a lot of topics that social work has to deal with: fitness, food, goals, health, learning, lifestyle, medicine, money, mood, productivity, relationships, sleep and other social topics.
If you work with clients that suffer from depression a mood diary like MoodPanda could be helpful as it can show graphs of your clients mood over days, weeks and months. Or you may want to ad social gaming to your interventions and try health month with your client. Health Month is a social game for keeping healthy habits – one month at a time. Every month starts a new game, for which a user will choose 1 or more rules to try to stick to for a month. There are different healthy behaviour rule categories, such as dietary, fitness, relationship, mental health and financial health. Users are assigned to brackets with people similar to them. Users get life points and fruit for complying with rules and lose points when don’t comply. Fruit can be used to heal other players who’ve lost points.