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Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice

NASW-NYC Leaders Share Personal Reflections

NASW Working for the Profession

5th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner - Dec. 1st

LMSW and LCSW Test Preparation Workshops

Fall 2011 Continuing Education Schedule

Highlight on Gerontological Committee

Gathering For New Professionals

NASW-NYC PACE Welcomes New Intern - Jillian Erlich

Nominations Committee Seeks Recommendations for Chapter Elections - Spring 2012

UpdateYour NASW Member Profile

Check Out the NASW-NYC Blog

Undoing Racism Opportunities

 

NASW-NYC Leaders Share Personal Reflections

What Does it Mean to You to be a Social Worker?

What is the Relevance, in Your Career, of Membership in NASW?

Click here for personal reflections of some of our Board members who are pictured above, along with NASW-NYC Committee Chairs, as they gathered for the Annual Board of Directors Retreat. Back row (left to right): Members-at-large, Myrna Noble, Holly Fancher; National Representative to the Board, Susan Egan; Member-at-large, Ravi Bhasin; Treasurer, Joseph Girven; Second Vice President, Thomas Sedgewick; Member-at-large, Andy Benejam. Middle row (left to right): Third Vice President, Kevin Lotz; Members-at-large, Frances Gautieri, Elaine Walsh, Ilene Marcus, Kalima DeSuze, Gail Siegal, Susan Moritz, Ricardo Torres, Lynda Lausell Bryant; President-Elect, Martha Adams Sullivan; Chair, Disaster Trauma Committee, Madelyn Miller; Member-at-Large, Frances Wong; Chair, Private Practitioners Group, Lynne Spevack. Front row (left to right): Co-Chair, Gerontological Committee, Beth Finkel; Member-at-large, Elizabeth Rogers; Chapter President, Susan Nayowith; Member-at-large, Pinchas Berger; Co-Chair, Social Workers Advancing the Human Animal Bond Interest Group, Susan Cohen; First Vice President, Gwendolyn Butler; Co-Chair, Pioneers Committee, Elaine Congress; Member-at-large, Karol Markosky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to read the personal reflections of several of our Chapter leaders.

 


Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice 

Important Things You May Not Know

We live in a world in which all aspects of life are profoundly affected by the proliferation of technology, and social work practice is no exception. As online avenues of communication increase (Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), more questions arise as to the appropriate use of these mediums for professional practice. A September 23 article in the New York Times, "When Your Therapist is Only a Click Away",  demonstrates how widespread online therapy and counseling are, and how common they have become, even while many practitioners and clients are not aware of standards to guide this new form of practice.

A 1999 document issued from the State Education Department (SED) Board of Regents identifies and addresses many issues related to telepractice of social work. Most noteworthy is the fact that an individual must be licensed and registered in New York State in order to provide services to an individual in New York; violation of this provision could result in a felony charge for illegal practice.Additional guidelines for engaging in telepractice can be found in Section Nine of the Practice Guidelines for Social Work issued by the SED Office of the Professions. 

More recently in 2005, NASW and ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards) partnered to publish Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice. Like other “Standards” documents published by NASW, following an introduction, it lists a number of standards and provides an interpretation for each one.

The following is an excerpt of the NASW/ASWB Standards; the full document can be accessed here at: http://www.socialworkers.org/practice/standards/NASWTechnologyStandards.pdf.
 

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