Workshop for Alabama Conference on Social Work – 2/27/15
It is almost the end of February and I find myself in Orange Beach, Alabama presenting at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Alabama Conference on Social Work. The purpose of this post is to provide supplemental information for my presentation. The title is Professional and Ethical Use of Social Media in Social Work Practice, and the presentation will focus on the need for social workers to be aware of and adept at using social media in two important ways. First, social media can be valuable tools for professional development and continuing education. Platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and professional websites provide valuable information and resources for practice and opportunities to network and collaborate with other practitioners. To effectively engage with social media for professional development, social workers need to know how to create digital identities; consume, assess and produce online content; collaborate with others; and educate and motivate other professionals to use social media. Second, social workers need to understand how to effectively engage client systems with social media. This includes a range of knowledge and skills from maintaining ethical professional boundaries to educating clients on how to find credible online resources to advocating for those who do not have access to the internet in low-income or rural communities.
By the end of the presentations, participants will be able to:
1. Explain why social workers need to understand social media and digital literacy
2. Discuss the knowledge, skills and values associated with professional use of social media
3. Reflect on own use social media in a professional context