Episode 170 - Dorlee Michaeli: How Social Media Expands Social Work Career Choices

Monday, June 22, 2015, 7:37:39 AM

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In this episode, Dorlee Michaeli describes how current and emerging social media expand social work career choices and practice. Ms. Michaeli tells us how she developed herself into a social worker who is social media savvy and why she believes social media competence is important for current social work practice. She discusses how and why social media is altering the landscape of social work practice and education.

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Average Rating: 5stars  the powerful impact of social media in the field of social work, Wednesday, February 06, 2019

By Chloe :

In this podcast, Dorlee Michaeli successfully demonstrates how the rise of social media use in today’s society has impacted the field of social work. With society growing more dependent on social media over the last handful of years, it is crucial for the public to understand how it can be utilized as a platform for education, networking, and self-help. Dorlee touches on how social media helps students develop a professional identity and confidence in their ability to acquire, share knowledge, and develop expertise on a topic. This only builds for a strong social worker in the long run. Thanks to social media, there are now resources (such as the crisis text line) that are geared for the younger generation to help prevent suicide and connect them to a crisis counselor. In addition, Dorlee did an exceptional job of explaining how social media leads to increased collaboration between different organizations and countries, which will ultimately lead to new ideas and advance the field. After listening to Dorlee, I can now see how powerful the impact of social media is on the field of social work.

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Average Rating: 5stars  beneficial information for all social workers, Sunday, January 31, 2016

By Mark Ramos :

Your expertise on social media and how it help with career choices in the social work field is quite impressive. Being in a situation where I grew up in an era when social media was not prominent, your advice on how to use social media to get ahead in the field is beneficial to me. Your explanation and reasoning on why social media is important helps me understand why I, as a future social worker, need to use this new form of technology. Networking, international connectivity, resource accessibility, and advocacy work are excellent reasons to connect (and free webinars are great as well)! Your conversation on blogging is also something I enjoyed because I want people to know what I am passionate about in the social work practice and it will get me noticed which only enhance my job outlook. Thank you very much for doing this podcast and I will make sure to get on your website to see what other inspiration I can find!

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Average Rating: 5stars  social media's impact on social work, Sunday, January 31, 2016

By Samantha Persoff :

I really enjoyed listening to this discussion on how social media impacts the social work profession. Social media has been growing popular, especially with today’s generation. Because social media is becoming more and more popular, it is a great way to keep everyone educated on mental health and it also helps social workers stay up to date with resources and information needed to help their clients. I found it interesting when Dorlee said that using social media can help Social Work students develop a professional identity and it gives them confidence in their ability to develop expertise. When thinking of social media such as Twitter, I never thought that it would be something that can be such a powerful tool for social workers. However, after listening to Dorlee Michaeli, I have a much better understanding of how big of an impact social media can have on the social work profession as a whole. I no longer look at social media as just a means to communicate with friends and family. Social workers can use social media to their advantage to continue to find innovative ways to help their client with whatever they need.
Dorlee Michaeli did an amazing job of explaining how social media does not just help social workers but also students who are trying to become social workers. Just as social media has been evolving, so has the Social Work profession. It is important that Social Workers keep with the changes and stay up to date on the new ways they can be learning. Because social media is so popular, today’s Social Work students such as myself have the advantage of using social media to further our education. This is definitely something to think about as I am working towards becoming a Social Worker. After listening to Dorlee, I am definitely going to use social media to my advantage and become the best helper I can be for my clients using all different resources.

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Average Rating: 5stars  social media in social work review, Sunday, January 31, 2016

By Samantha Paige :

This was a great podcast and very informative for any professional in the field of social work, especially for students who are still learning and developing their skills in networking, promoting, and advocating in the field. I am a member of a university affiliated sports team here at UB, where social media is a huge part of promoting events, athletic and academic accomplishments, and providing the community with information. As you discuss professional and ethical use of social media, I can relate to using your own voice and showing your personality and views, while still proceeding with caution and understanding the institution you are representing. As I always take caution in what I broadcast via social medias due to my representation of the university, I will continue to do so as I stay active in the social work-social media world.I really enjoyed the discussion on effective coaching and teaching. The comparisons that were made between coaching, teaching, and counseling were very understandable and easy to comprehend. I enjoyed the statement referring to the goal of a a coach or teacher to work him or herself out a job, therefore leading the client or student to their objective. With my academic and athletic experience in college, I have often thought about the correlations between coaching and teaching, and giving students the empowerment of voicing their thoughts on social media is a great shift from the stereotypical power dynamic. Further, good coaching and good teaching go hand in hand.
The ways in which social media promotes collaboration definitely caught my attention. As the School of Social Work here at UB strongly promotes a trauma-informed curriculum, relating one of the principles to social media was very helpful. I definitely plan to make a greater effort to take part in social medias to help network and collaborate professionally, as discussion and collaboration of any kind promotes new ideas and generates thinking and questions.

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Average Rating: 5stars  social media in social work, Friday, January 29, 2016

By Bill Strassner :

I was very interested to hear about how social media can be used within the field of social work and how it is changing the way social work. Social media is helping this profession evolve to become stronger and more effective. This podcast really interested me because social media is a huge part of my generation and the many generations to come.
Everything that Dorlee spoke about in regards to how social media can help the profession of social work is right. This can be a new skillset more many people to learn, but she stated that there are classes out there that can help one expand their knowledge on this topic. The use of social media can help people promote and give out important information, it can help build a networking system, and it allows for one to stay in contact with others. Dorlee stressed the networking and collaboration are two of the most important things that social media can do to help out social workers. Using social media helps social workers “meet the client where they are” as she stated. This can also help social workers be more connected with their clients.
Social media can lead to empowerment for advocacy. People can use social media to learn more and be more educated about a variety of topics like mental health and much more. She spoke about different simulation training programs that a person can find on social media that can help with different social work skills, for example motivational interviewing and child protection skills. That is something that I would never have thought about when it comes to social media. This is starting to show that social media is starting to become an integral part of our profession and over time it is going to help this profession evolve and change for the better. People need to take the time to take the time to work with social media so that they can use it within their practice. I am going to take what I learned here and use it within my professional career as a social worker.

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Average Rating: 5stars  excellent and timely, Wednesday, June 24, 2015

By Dima Dupéré :

Thanks for a wonderful podcast. It is time that social work and social work education catch up with the times. Since joining Twitter, I have found a wonderful community of peers, collaborators and supporters. I love the way ideas are shared and connections are made.

I am testing the waters in terms of having a professional presence on Facebook, a personal website and being on Twitter - there are still a few others I have not explored yet.

I recently did a visual resume on Pinterest and found that doing so has increased the traffic on my website and my blog.

I need to dedicate more time on a regular basis. I appreciated the information and suggestions and will listen again as it was full of wonderful information.

Great podcast.

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Average Rating: 5stars  so helpful, Wednesday, June 24, 2015

By Sandoval11311 :

I am so glad to have come across this podcast and this podcast could not have been posted at a better time.

This podcast was helpful in providing me with the guidance and motivation I needed to begin using and learning about social media sites available (So Ive recently gotten a pinterest wordpress twitter etc.)

I feel that this podcast will assist me in using social media to help my agency promote their services and educate people but will also help me in the long run.

I am so glad that in my search on the web on macro work, Dorlee came thanks for sharing your insight Dorlee!

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