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I am so excited that our Fall issue is out! This issue includes some important articles for all social workers summarizing the NEW NASW Code of Ethics (taking effect January 1) and the new standards for technology in social work practice. Every social worker needs to become very familiar with these two documents! Other highlights include articles on interrupting Islamophobia, resilience for social workers, female genital cutting, making the most of your time as a social work student, asking for professional references, and more.
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New Standards Provide Guidelines for Social Workers in an Ever-Changing Tech World
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
by Linda May Grobman, MSW, ACSW, LSW
In June 2017, the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice were released. The 64-page document marked the culmination of a 2-year
process of collaboration among the four organizations. The Task Force
for Technology Standards in Social Work Practice reviewed literature and
emerging standards in social work and related professions. A draft of
the standards was released in Summer 2016 for public comment, and the
Task Force then reviewed every comment received.
Allan Barsky, J.D., MSW, Ph.D., served as a member of the
National Task Force on Practice Standards on Technology and Social Work
and Chair of the NASW Task Force on Code of Ethics Revisions. “In both
capacities, my colleagues and I strove to identify what types of
guidance may be helpful in helping social workers determine whether and
how to implement different forms of technology in social work in an
ethical manner,” Barsky says. “We did a lot of research on how other
professions handled similar issues....We incorporated feedback from
social workers representing a broad range of areas of practice. The
process of developing practice standards was very dynamic, and not
without controversy and spirited conflict. And now, the process and
dialogue continue. Both task forces realized that any guidelines we
establish today will need to be reconsidered as technology and its
applications in social work continue to evolve.”
According to the document’s Introduction, the standards “...are
designed to guide social workers’ use of technology; enhance social
workers’ awareness of their ethical responsibilities when using
technology; and inform social workers, employers, and the public about
practice standards pertaining to social workers’ use of technology.” The
Standards provide general guidance to social workers and are best used
in conjunction with the NASW Code of Ethics
and relevant statutes and regulations. (See Barsky’s article on technology-related and other changes to the Code of Ethics.)
Julie Gilliam, Sc.D., M.S., BSW, Lead Instructional Technologist
at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, served as a member
of the Technology Standards Sub-Task Force Advisory Group. She told The New Social Worker, “In my opinion, the new standards are very comprehensive in terms of
the utilization of technology for social workers. The new standards
doubled in size from 28 to 64 pages. The new standards cover the
following topics in terms of social work and technology: presenting,
designing, delivering, gathering, managing, storing, connecting, and
Barsky adds, “The standards do not dictate whether social workers
should use technology, or how they should use technology, but they do
inform social workers about some of the complications and concerns that
should be addressed when deciding whether and how to use various forms
of technology in social work practice.”
This comprehensive document includes four main sections:
- Provision of information to the public (2 standards)
- Designing and delivering services (27 standards)
- Gathering, managing, and storing information (14 standards)
- Social work education and supervision (12 standards)
The document provides an extensive glossary of terms, as well as resources.
Section 1 (provision of information to the public) includes
standards on ethics and values, as well as representation of self and
accuracy of information. Section 2 (designing and delivering services)
is by far the most extensive, with 27 standards. Examples of standards
in Section 2 include: ethical use of technology to deliver social work
services, services requiring licensure or other forms of accreditation,
informed consent, providing electronic social work services, assessing
clients’ relationship with technology, confidentiality, electronic
payments, maintaining professional boundaries, social media policy,
fundraising, using personal technology for work, and others.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Fall 2017 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Fall 2017 issue:
Student Role Model - Joshua Collins (in PDF format only)
The NASW Delegate Assembly approved a number of significant
amendments to the NASW Code of Ethics, to take effect January 1, 2018.
Read a summary of the changes. more
How do you secure your field placement? Especially for social work
students in online programs and others whose schools require them to
find their own placements, these 10 tips will provide guidance. more
A crucial step in landing a social work job is lining up
references. Who should you ask? Who should you avoid? What exactly are
you asking them to do, and how do you present them? more
What does it mean to interrupt Islamophobia? And how does social work fit in? more
Mariya Taher focused all of her MSW research on female genital
cutting. Within a few years, she was a sought-after expert on the
Do you want to be the social work student who completes the bare
minimum requirements to get your degree? Or the student who stands out
above the rest? more
What is in the new 64-page document known as the NASW, ASWB, CSWE,
and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice? And what are
social workers saying about the standards? more
Resilience isn't about eliminating anxiety, fear, or uncertainty.
Resilience allows us to face challenges with greater confidence and
ability to bounce back. Self-concordant goals, physical well-being, and
emotional well-being are included. more
#MacroSW Twitter chats on the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative are summarized. more
Addison Cooper takes a look at three popular films through a social work lens - The Glass Castle, Leap!, and Cars 3. more
Book review of Shame-Proof Parenting: Find Your Unique Parenting Voice, Feel Empowered, and Raise Whole, Healthy Children. more
Book review of Fatherhood in America: Social Work Perspectives on a Changing Society. more
...and much more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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