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Digital Technology for Social Work Practice with Laurel Hitchcock: #MacroSW Chat — Jan. 23, 2020

#MacroSW Twitter Chats are held each Thursday night at 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 6 PM Pacific.

Welcome to the first #MacroSW chat of 2020!
Recently, the chat organizers made a commitment to address White Supremacy in social work. For this chat, we ask that you keep in mind the following:

What effect does White Supremacy have on access and utilization of technology in professional practice?
How do social workers in professional practice experience or observe White Supremacy in regard to the use of technology? Do you or your colleagues see areas of concern? These questions provide a lens with which to consider digital technology in social work practice and can enrich discussions about our profession.

In the inaugural Spring 2020 #MacroSW Chat,  “Digital Technology for Social Work Practice,” we will look at how social work practitioners can use digital technology in our practice. Laurel Hitchcock @laurelhitchcock https://twitter.com/laurelhitchcock, whose blog “Teaching and Learning in Social Work” https://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/, regularly addresses digital and other technology will lead the chat.  We hope to hear from practitioners, as well as students who are developing their own digital literacy and professional use of this technology.

Hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Social Work @UBSSW https://twitter.com/UBSSW

See the entire Spring 2020 schedule of chats here: https://macrosw.com/chat-schedule/
The chats will discuss white supremacy in social work (on April 9, 2020), immigration, organized labor, policy-focused and nontraditional jobs, decolonizing field education, and lots more.

New to twitter chats? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions: https://macrosw.com/macrosw-twitter-chat-faqs/.

Discussion Questions:

Q1: Why do #SocialWorker need to incorporate social & digital technology into their practice with clients and communities?

Q2: What are the benefits of using technology in #socialwork practice with clients & communities?

Q3:  What are the challenges of using technology in #socialwork practice with clients & communities?

Q4: In what ways might digital technology empower marginalized populations and communities? How could #Socialworkers support marginalized populations with digital technology?
(Note: In terms of race, class, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and more, “marginalized communities” may or may not have overarching commonalities. Different marginalized communities may have idiosyncratic issues that chat participants might want to address.)

Q5: How do you use digital technology in your #socialwork practice? Or how would you like to use it?

Q6: As a helping professional, what do you want to learn more about related to using digital & social technology in professional practice?

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Resources:

Developing a Professional & Ethical Online Presence for Social Work Practice (Conference Presentation) (10/2/19) with Allison Curington https://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/?s=Developing+a+Professional+%26+Ethical+Online+Presence+for+Social+Work+Practice

Three Ways to Model Good Boundaries with Technology in Social Work Ed (9/2/19) https://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/2019/09/03/three-ways-to-model-good-boundaries-with-technology-in-social-work-ed/

What is a Professional Collaboration Network (PCN) & why do you need one? (12/17/19) https://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/2019/12/17/what-is-a-professional-collaboration-network-and-why-do-you-need-one/

#SWDE2019 Keynote – What role will Social Workers choose in shaping the digital future? (4/13/19) with Laurel Hitchcock, Melanie Sage & Nancy J. Smyth https://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/2019/04/13/swde2019-keynote-what-role-will-social-workers-choose-in-shaping-the-digital-future/

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For Social Work Educators:
Hitchcock, L.I., , Melanie Sage, and Nancy J. Smyth. (2019). Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology. Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press. https://www.cswe.org/Bookstore/Books/Teaching-Social-Work-With-Digital-Technology

Learn more about the #SWTech online community:
#SWTech: The Beginnings of an Online Community (3/31/19)

#SWTech – An Introduction and History of the Online Group (8/15/19) with Melanie Sage, Jonathan Singer & Nancy J. Smyth

Our Guest Expert:

LaurelHitchcock Laurel Hitchcock, MPH, MSW, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a regular host and contributor to the #MacroSW Chat from 2014 through 2018. Laurel co-authored “Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology,” (2019), with Melanie Sage and Nancy Smyth. She is co-founder of  #SWVirtualPal, with Dr Amanda M L Taylor-Beswick; this is an online community for social workers from around the globe, encouraging collaboration on international projects. Her “Teaching and Learning in Social Work”blog: https://www.laureliversonhitchcock.org/.  Follow her on Twitter at @laurelhitchcock.