Technology in Practice Assignment Overview The social work profession is consistently exploring how technology should be used, instead of asking how social work professionals can effectively use it, manipulate it, and leverage it to meet needs. Subsequently, the adoption of technology has been slow in the profession; yet, a host of social media resources are readily available and widely used in other professions. Ultimately, social workers must become familiar with the new technologies that inform practice. Assignment Description There are a host of online resources that promote effective networking, client engagement, and advocacy. The purpose of this assignment is to identify the benefits and ethical considerations associated with using technology as an adjunct to social work practice. To gain insight on the guidelines that govern social work professionals’ use of technology, review the “NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice,” attached (Technology pdf) Assignment Instructions For this: 1. Choose and describe a social, economic, or environmental injustice that you have an interest in addressing, such as abuse, social welfare, human rights, marginalized communities, neglect, or social policy (any of these topics are acceptable). Provide a rationale for your choice. 2. Describe how the ethics and values, access, and cultural competence standards can be used to help address the social, economic, or environmental injustice through the use of technology. 3. Explain how technology can promote your efforts to reduce or eliminate the injustice. 4. Explain the benefits of using the technology standards to inform your work in an online environment. 5. Explain how to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate practice (micro, mezzo, or macro) with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and/or communities while using technology to address an injustice. 6. Be sure to use a heading for each of the five requirements above (ex: Human Rights, Rational, Ethics and Standards, etc) Additional Requirements • Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message. • APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting standards. • Resources: A minimum of five scholarly sources. All literature cited should be current, with publication dates within the past five years. • Length of paper: A minimum of three double-spaced pages. • Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
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