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

Why You Should Listen To Podcasts In Social Work Education

52681cb77241eb4b8650077bcf226313As I am a fan of podcasts it’s good to see Dr. Jonathan Singer, founder of The Social Work Podcast, being interviewed on Learning by Podcasts. For THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER Dr. Singer was interviewed by Claudia J. Dewane. Here are some of the main thoughts of the interview:

What are the advantages of podcasts in social work education?

  • Take a break from reading
  • Listen to experts as they bring their concepts to life
  • Preparing for exams
  • Learning on the go

I like the idea of learning on the go – think of listening to podcasts on your mobile device while commuting, doing home visits or doing sports (I can’t imagine running without podcasts :-)).

Asked about other forms of technology used in social service delivery Dr. Singer mentions e.g. applications for smartphones …

… that allow you to do self-guided CBT and mindfulness exercises. These applications integrate rating scales, journaling, and other aspects of the treatment, and use the smartphone environment as a way of leading the user through the treatment. This approach to services is still in its infancy, but some research has suggested that for people with mild symptomology, self-guided therapy can be as effective as therapist-guided therapy.

Check out the full interview with more information on online learning, the most pressing technology issue for social work today and the ethical and legal implications of technology in social work at THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER Online – The Social Work Careers Magazine for Students and Recent Graduates – Articles, Jobs, & More – Tech Topics: Learning by Podcast With Jonathan Singer.

Fo rmore information you may also want have a look at Mobile Social Work’s posts on social work related podcasts and apps.


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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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