Digital Literacy in Social Work Education: A Case Study Incorporating Technology and Social Media Within the Social Work Curriculum

Now published – Digital Literacy in Social Work Education: A Case Study Incorporating Technology and Social Media Within the Social Work Curriculum in the Special Section on Multimedia in Nonprofit Education of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. I discussed this work at CSWE APM back in October. Here is the abstract:

To remain competitive and culturally competent, social work education must incorporate digital literacy and technological instruction to prepare students for work with clients and colleagues throughout their professional lives. When instructors offer a grounding in technology skills for modern social work practice and provide feedback to students in a supportive classroom setting, social work students become more confident and poised to handle the complications of technology and social media while interacting with clients, agencies, nonprofit organizations, and society as a whole. The purpose of this article is to present a case study of a social work course on classic and contemporary communication skills that focuses on communication, writing, and digital literacy, designed for BSW students. The article includes rationale for course development, course description, and sample digital writing activities from the course.

I worked with amazing social work writer Kryss Shane on this article. Special thank you to Jimmy Young, editor of this special issue, for your feedback and support to improve this work. To access the article (log in required), head to the journal’s web site. To follow updates on this work, head to my ResearchGate page for the article.

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10 Key Steps for Finding & Evaluating Journal Articles for Social Work Research & Literature Reviews

Kate-Silfen-e1427300623133-615x575Kate Silfen, Health Sciences Librarian at Mugar Memorial Library at Boston University, and I have put together an infographic to help students find and evaluate  journal articles for social work research and literature reviews. Kate and I had previously worked together on a study published in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian journal titled “Evidence-based practice and library instruction: An assessment of student reference lists.” It is our hope that this infographic will provide students with additional guidance as they increase their evidence-based practice skill set. You can find the APA citation for the infographic at the bottom of the image. We would ask that you kindly share the infographic with those who may find it helpful!

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Fantastic HBSE resource!

 

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SPOTLIGHT – Expanded Theater Listings, New Featurette & Clips Available #SpotlightMovie

spotlight_xxlgI saw the movie Spotlight last week and was so impressed with this film, I spent the next day rereading some of the actual Spotlight coverage and testimonials from survivors of those who were abused by priests. I remember when the first article came out here in Boston and how shocking it was. I was sent some additional material from the film and am happy to share and hope others are inspired to both see this important film and take action for survivors:



SYNOPSIS:
Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.
Go behind the scenes of SPOTLIGHT in this brand new featurette, and be sure to check out the newly released clips from the film — available below!  Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Thomas McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.
Here is a new featurette:



 

Here are some film clips:



 



 



 

SPOTLIGHT is now playing in select theaters and expanding across the nation throughout the following weeks.  Check out this link for a complete list of theaters, which will continue to be updated: http://www.spotlightmovietheaters.com

SPOTLIGHT Official Social Channels:

domesticshelters.org Launches to Help Millions of Abuse Victims Find Help Faster, Easier Than Before

Its_LiveThis is an amazing resource! Please consider helping to spread the word:

Site Launches to Help Millions of Abuse Victims Find Help Faster, Easier Than Before | DomesticShelters.

First Online Searchable Domestic Violence Provider Database in U.S.

August 26, 2014

Online you’ll find plenty of information about domestic violence. That’s not a problem. What is a challenge is trying to find the right help quickly and easily. Search results often reveal disparate shelter sites, help blogs, opportunistic ad-driven sites with outdated data, and paid placements by attorneys. The new website domesticshelters.org is changing this reality by providing consumers the first online searchable domestic violence provider database.

“The great news is that there are many good people, organizations and providers trying to help, and in fact, helping,” said Sylvia Torralba, membership director for the National Coalition of Domestic Violence (NCADV) which has partnered with Theresa’s Fund to develop and launch the site. “What we’re doing is aggregating an ocean of information into a single place.”

More than just aggregating information, the organizers of domesticshelters.org tirelessly spent six months unearthing and identifying 3,001 domestic violence provider organizations in the U.S., and then gathering up to 156 data points on each.

The result is the largest database of its kind ever created, and importantly, the ability for domesticshelters.org language and service preferences, and with a single mouse click, instantly see the most proximate, relevant opportunities for help.

“If you conduct a search in this area, you’ll often not find all of the local providers listed on page one. Some providers don’t even have a web presence,” said Chris McMurry, a marketing and technology entrepreneur and director of Theresa’s Fund, who notes that the overwhelming majority of consumers begin their decision making process with an online search.

“We will be fixing that by moving the exploration of the provider community to the forefront of search results, and then by presenting visitors of domesticshelters.org with standardized data on the providers that allows people to make comparisons and more educated decisions.”

Generally speaking, for each provider there will be contact information excepting confidential locations, languages spoken, populations and geographies served, hours of operation, vacancy rates, and detail on 46 different types of services that may be offered.

Importantly, provider organizations will be able to self-administer their organization’s profile on the website, updating fundamental information as it evolves and adding custom content to enhance the comprehensiveness and attractiveness of their operation and offerings.

According to Google more than 3,000,000 searches are conducted per month for information related to domestic violence, and most often related to seeking help.

The website will be optimized for smartphone and tablet use, recognizing that consumers are increasingly using their devices to conduct searches. Indeed, the number of local mobile searches is expected to exceed desktop searches by 2015, according to eMarketer.

“With some 36,000,000 million searches a year in just the U.S. on the topic of domestic violence, domesticshelters.org is an overdue and much-needed concept that may help more people than any other service ever offered in this space, and may help save lives because it will be so easy, accessible and fast to use,” added Torralba.

The website will also publish and supply helpful information about domestic violence, in addition to the provider database. Providers will be able to gain access to the entire database behind the website in order to better coordinate inter-agency referrals and services.

About NCADV

The survivor led and survivor focused National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has worked for more than thirty-five years to end violence against women by raising awareness and educating the public about the effects of domestic abuse. Our work includes developing and sustaining ground-breaking public policy at the national level aimed at ending violence; assisting the 2,000+ urban and rural shelters and programs at the local, state, and regional levels of the nation in the programming they offer to victims seeking safety and assistance; and offering programming that empowers and supports the long-term health and safety of victims of domestic violence. Currently, our constituency encompasses more than 80,000 programs, survivors, advocates, and allied individuals and is growing daily. Learn more about us at: www.ncadv.org.

About Theresa’s Fund

Theresa’s Fund is a private family foundation started in 1992 by Preston V. McMurry, Jr. that has helped to change the landscape of domestic violence services in Arizona through grant making, board development and fundraising that has helped to generate more than $49 million in donations for Arizona-based organizations such as East Valley Child Crisis Center, Sojourner Center, Florence Crittenden, Emerge, UMOM, and West Valley Child Crisis Center. It developed the domesticshelters.org concept as a way to expand its reach to people across the U.S.

Back to School Guide for Social Work Students eBook Published!

Update February 2014: Now available in the iBooks store!

Update: We got a wonderful testimonial from a reader!

“As a former admissions director in a school of social work, I spent lots of time looking for resources to best prepare incoming students for their studies and new careers. Years later, I’m delighted to discover this recently-released publication by Linda Grobman and Karen Zgoda. Contained in this book are the kinds of resources I’d tried to assemble for new social workers becoming acclimated to the scholarship and service of the profession. Needless to say, I’ll be sharing this important publication with colleagues and students enrolled in my social work courses.”
— Jeff T. Steen, LCSW, PhD student, adjunct instructor, New York University

The NEW SOCIAL WORKER® Magazine’s Back-to-School Guide for Social Work Students eBook is now available! I’m so excited to share this new eBook with you!

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Here is a word from the Publisher:

If you are a social work student, we have the new guide you need…our “hot off the press” THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER Magazine’s Back-to-School Guide for Social Work Students, edited by Linda Grobman and Karen Zgoda. This e-book is available now in Kindle format at: http://www.amazon.com/WORKER®-Magazines–School-Students-ebook/dp/B00EZAXVJ8/

You can download the e-book in other formats at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/355823

You can read contributions from:

  • Jonathan Singer, TIP: Go the Distance
  • Erlene Grise-Owens, Traveling Toward a Social Work Degree: 10 Road-Tested Trip-Tips
  • Allan Barsky, TIP: Ask for Honest Feedback
  • Liz Fisher, Nicole Reed, Loran Stough, and Matt Tracey, Making the Most of Field Seminar
  • Kryss Shane, TIP: Get To Know Your Classmates
  • Marian Swindell, 11 Tips for Professional Behavior in the Classroom
  • Addison Cooper, TIP: “So What I Hear You Saying Is…”
  • Ellen Belluomini, TIP: Minimize Distractions to Increase Your Focus and Attention
  • Brad Forenza, TIP: You Can Get Clinical Licensure With a Macro Concentration
  • Mozart Guerrier, TIP: Focus on Your Purpose and Imagine Your Perfect World
  • Karen Allen, What Is an Ethical Dilemma?
  • Sonya Hunte, TIP: Build Authentic Relationships
  • Kathy Black, Considerations in Writing a Literature Review
  • Dorlee M., TIP: Got Therapy? We All Have Wounds…
  • Stephen Marson, TIP: When in Crisis, See Your Advisor
  • Denice Goodrich Liley, TIP: If I Could Do This Over
  • Jerry Finn, To Once and Future Research Students
  • Mike Langlois, TIP: Change the World
  • Jeff Baxter, What I Have Learned About Learning
  • Ogden Rogers, TIP: Get the Ticket—Take the Ride!
  • And yours truly 🙂
    • SW 2.0: How to Communicate Effectively With Your Professor
    • Back to School Resolution: Avoid Common APA Mistakes
    • (Ctrl + C) + (Ctrl + V) = Homework NOT Finished

The photos on the cover are from my dissertation stream on Instagram.

Please share and help spread the word to all social work students. Hope you enjoy this new guide and find it helpful. Have a great semester!

The New Social Worker Online Blog: Must I Un-Friend Facebook? Exploring the Ethics of Social Media

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There’s an interesting and provocative article in this month’s New Social Worker Magazine about the ethics and mechanics of social media use in social work practice:

The New Social Worker Online Blog: Must I Un-Friend Facebook? Exploring the Ethics of Social Media

Article summary:

The ethics article in the Summer 2011 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER addresses ethical issues related to social networking. Is it possible to be a “blank slate” therapist in the era of social media? Is it desirable or necessary for social workers to remove themselves from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites? What are the ethical implications of NOT staying up-to-date and current on these technologies, which may be a big part of clients’ lives? Is there a happy medium?

Read the article at http://bit.ly/nPhATM and post your comments here. We would like to hear your thoughts.

Linda Grobman, ACSW, LSW
Publisher/Editor

My response:

Stirring the big spoon here…honestly, articles such as this make me a little sad. We’ve been emailing and blogging and sharing our lives with one another using technologies for nearly 20 years, and I wish we could get to a point where we could accept and embrace technologies and their potential while being cognizant of risks involved and creating good policies around their use. Instead of integrating our whole selves into our public, professional personas, which for a lot of reasons may not be feasible for some folks, we are encouraged to build these boundaries or eschew social media entirely. It’s like blaming a hammer for a nail in the wall – the technology is not the enemy here and will always evolve to allow new ways to connect, share, and yes exploit.

So what policy makes sense for you? I enjoy being my authentic self in public because it helps me meet and connect with others who do the same, and I find these conversations and interactions provocative, enriching, and memorable. At its best it’s like touching upon actual humanity in public where others can join in. My general policy is not to share publicly anything I wouldn’t want my mother to read or to show up on say the New York Times. For those in direct practice with clients, I encourage you to create a policy that makes sense for you but I would use “end all participation in social media” as a last, probably unnecessary resort. Plenty of clinicians use social media to talk about their practice (NOT using client details or any identifying information), their philosophy around the treatment they are using, connect with other workers online to help grow their thought process, and create a policy about how to interact with current and former clients on social media. For example, I’ve been teaching for over 3 years and will not friend current students or students who may be in my courses in the future. But after class is over certainly let’s continue the conversation!

What are your thoughts? What social media policy works best for your, your professional life, and your clients?