Applying Ethical Standards to Social Media Use with Vulnerable Populations (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the convergence of ethics, technology, and social work practice.  It examines important benefits and risks of utilizing current technology in social work practice and explores the ethical concepts of informed consent, confidentiality, disclosure and verification of identity.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC credit.

Reading #1:  Risky Business:  Applying Ethical Standards to Social Media Use with Vulnerable Populations

Find the reading at: https://journals.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/view/18133/19920

Authors:  Hillary Rose Dolinsky and Natalie Helbig

Publisher:  Advances in Social Work

Reading #2:  The NASW and ASWB Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice

https://www.aswb.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/TechnologySWPractice.pdf

Publisher:  The National Association of Social Workers and The Association of Social Work Boards

Program Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to ethics, technology, and social work practice.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the benefits and risks of utilizing technology in social work practice.  Describe how technology may affect ethical concepts, such as informed consent, confidentiality, disclosure, and verification of identity.  Describe additional concerns when working with vulnerable populations.

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1: Social media and social networking sites are playing a greater role in various aspects of child welfare practices, including
 
 
 
 
2: If a domestic violence victim participates in an online social media group for survivors, that interaction could
 
 
 
 
3: The NASW Code of Ethics was last revised in
 
 
 
 
4: The NASW Code of Ethics has been critiqued for its inability to
 
 
5: Which NASW ethical standard did researchers from the University of Michigan, Washington University, and Eastern Michigan University use to encompass the importance for social workers to obtain real-time data, adopt open source software, and consider cloud computing as a reasonable alternative to issues of remote data storage and security?
 
 
 
 
6: The ASWB Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice (2005)
 
 
7: The article, Risky Business: Applying Ethical Standards to Social Media Use with Vulnerable Populations, compares Facebook strategies for which of the following case studies?
 
 
 
 
8: Using the NASW Code of Ethics (2008) and the NASW and ASWB Standards for Technology (2005), which of the following was not one of the important ethical dimensions identified by the authors?
 
 
 
 
 
9: The NASW Code of Ethics standard 1.03 states that social workers should provide services to clients only in the context of a professional relationship based, when appropriate, on
 
 
 
 
10: Limiting the ability for users to interact on a state's Facebook page and ensuring that information could not be shared publicly unless approved by the Facebook page administrator is an effort to protect
 
 
 
 
11: The importance of online identity verification is included in the
 
 
 
 
12: Since 2008, the number of Facebook users has grown from 100 million users to over
 
 
 
 
13: Reamer (2013) highlights three sets of ethical risks relevant to using social media tools, particularly in social work practice.  Which of the following is not one of the three sets of ethical risks?
 
 
 
 
14: For questions 14-24, please refer to the NASW and ASWB Standards for Technology.  With the expansion of technology,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker attends a training to stay current with emerging technologies.
 
 
 
 
16: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker makes sure that she is utilizing current technology and software, including appropriate privacy and security features.
 
 
 
 
17: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker follows all ethical standards as outlined by the NASW Code of Ethics and state licensing boards.
 
 
 
 
18: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker has the skills and competence to work with people who are culturally different or who may be considered a member of a vulnerable population.
 
 
 
 
19: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker provides online services that are legally sound.
 
 
 
 
20: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker documents all practice activities in a safe, secure file with safeguards for electronic records.
 
 
 
 
21: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker understands that her practice may be subject to regulation in both the jurisdiction in which the client receives services as well as the jurisdiction in which the social worker provides services.
 
 
 
 
22: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker provides her full name, credentials, licensure information, office address, phone number, and email address.
 
 
 
 
23: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  A social worker uses technology to provide tools, opportunities, and information so that clients are able to advocate directly for their own interests.
 
 
 
 
 
 
24: Choose the standard for technology that best matches the following statement.  If it is determined that online interventions are appropriate, the social worker should provide the best online assessment and interventions possible.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.