Dr. Allan Barsky

Practice Standards on Social Work and Technology: Changes, Challenges, and Ongoing Debates

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“I really encourage social workers to work with computer scientists, i.t. people, and engineering people. If you look at a lot of the apps that are being developed for people with psychosocial issues or to improve their psychosocial wellbeing, a lot of it is being built by people with tech backgrounds and with business backgrounds, not necessarily by people with mental health backgrounds and social work backgrounds. . . I see real opportunity to work together. ”

Dr. Allan Barsky

In this episode, our guest Dr. Allan Barsky discusses updates and enhancements that were recently made to the practice standards involving the use of technology. He describes how the standards can provide guidance when utilizing technology in micro, mezzo, and macro level interventions and in developing policies that address the benefits, challenges, and risks associated with the use of technology in practice.

Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, is a professor with the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches ethics; conflict resolution; addictions; and generalist social work. His book credits include “Interprofessional Practice with Diverse Populations,” “Conflict Resolution for the Helping Professions,” “Successful Social Work Education,” and “Ethics & Values in Social Work.” Dr. Barsky is a past chair of the National Ethics Committee of the NASW. He received the 2015 “Excellence in Ethics Award” from the NASW. Dr. Barsky chaired the NASW’s Code of Ethics Review Task Force and was a member of the National Task Force on Practice Standards for Social Work and Technology.

Interviewer: Karen Zgoda, MSW, LCSW, PhD candidate in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston

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