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

How Social Workers can fight Cyberbullying

Rena Malai, member of the news staff of the American National Association of Social Workers (NASW), shared her thoughts about on- and offline bullying. Here are the statements I find … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Online Tools for Psychotherapy with Young People

Here is a list of online tools that psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg uses in the work work with young people. This list of online tools is taken from an interview … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Fifth Army | An App for Young People dealing with Depression, Bullying or Homophobia [VIDEO]

[youtube] THE FIFTH ARMY is a movement tackling three big issues affecting young people today – depression, homophobia and bullying. By completing missions and earning points to move up the … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Top 10 Mental Health Apps | World of Psychology

by SANDRA KIUME, With so many apps on the market, it’s hard to know which are useful. Many are designed by software developers instead of psychologists, without scientific testing. They … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Study Compares Effectiveness of Telephone-Administered vs. Face-to-Face Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression | Digital News Release

CHICAGO – Patients with major depression who received telephone-administered cognitive behavioral therapy (T-CBT) had lower rates of discontinuing treatment compared to patients who received face-to-face CBT, and telephone administered treatment … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pinterest as a therapeutic tool … In Defense of Pinterest | Wired Design |

BY CLIVE THOMPSON, Therapists often run into a curious problem during treatment: Clients aren’t very good at describing their emotions. How exactly do you express the nature of your … Continue reading

November 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Twitter Hilfe-Center | Suicidal Content on Twitter

Since people use Twitter to connect to the rest of the world, you might encounter a user who is seeking help, potentially suicidal, or possibly engaging in self-harm. For information … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is Text-Messaging About to Revolutionize Therapy? | Psychology Today

By Colin Weatherby Mental health practitioners have long sought to extend their services to the poor. The high cost and social stigma of therapy in poor communities has proven to … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

ChildLine held 274 counselling sessions about sexting in 2011/12 | Mail Online

Childline has received hundreds of calls from teenage girls under pressure to send boys sexual images of themselves in a phenomenon known as ‘sexting’. Many say they have already sent … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · Leave a comment
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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