Article

Digital Technology in Social Work

Frederic G. Reamer

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1160

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work
  • Social Work Macro Practice
  • Occupations, Professions, and Work

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Digital, online, and other electronic technology has transformed the nature of social work practice and education. Contemporary social workers can provide services to clients by using online counseling, telephone counseling, video counseling, cybertherapy (avatar therapy), self-guided Web-based interventions, electronic social networks, e-mail, and text messages. In addition, increasing numbers of social work education programs are using distance education technology to teach students. The introduction of diverse digital, online, and other forms of electronic social services has created a wide range of complex ethical and related risk management issues. This article provides an overview of current technology used in social work; identifies compelling ethical issues; and explores risk-management issues. The author identifies relevant standards from the NASW Code of Ethics and other resources designed to guide practice.

Keywords: digital; electronic; ethics; online; risk management; social work education

Article.  8052 words. 

Subjects: Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.