ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Do you use technology to track yourself or your client?

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.


Health Month is a game to help improve your diet, fitness, mental health, relationship health, and financial health – while enjoying it!

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.


One comment on “Do you use technology to track yourself or your client?

  1. Pingback: Track Your Or Your Clients Mood With This App [VIDEO] | MOBILE SOCIAL WORK

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This entry was posted on March 15, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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