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Why Social Workers should be trained in ICT and Social Media | Cyber Social Worker

Our colleague Cyber Social Worker (@CyberSocialWork) recently shared his thoughts on „Infusing ICT Content Across the Social Work Curriculum“. Based on his experience as a trainer for social workers delivering workshops on Cyberbullying and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) he emphasis …

… the importance of exposing social work students to ICTs and direct social work practice by integrating this content across all areas of the social work curriculum. Exposing social work students to this critical content will

  • broaden their world view,
  • expand their knowledge of effective treatment modalities,
  • reduce social workers’ risk for inappropriate use of social media and ICTs (that have the potential to negatively impact their clients/patients/consumers), and
  • raise social workers’ awareness of the ethics of practice in cyberspace, a fast growing and largely unregulated area of practice.

I am also hopeful NASW will strongly encourage interested social workers to develop innovative CE [Continuing Education] workshops to aid in addressing the technology training gap for those already in the field holding full licensure.

See the full article at Cyber Social Worker: Infusing ICT Content Across the Social Work Curriculum.

One comment on “Why Social Workers should be trained in ICT and Social Media | Cyber Social Worker

  1. vidz
    August 29, 2013

    I agree with everything that is mentioned above. Social workers must really be trained in ICT and Social media. Nowadays, this is such a basic knowledge that everyone of us must have. It will really broaden our world view and raise the social worker’s awareness in many things such as the ethics of practice in cyberspace.

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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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