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Bits & Pieces: Social Work and Technology

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From social work and technology to misogyny; these are a few of the stories that caught my eye this week.

Rape is Rape
New York legislator proposed a bill calling to change how rape in defined in the state.  Currently someone can only be charged with rape if the attach involved vaginal penetration.  In other words if perpetrator forces someone to have anal sex that is not considered rape in New York, but instead a “Sexually Criminal Act.”  NYS Assemblywomen Aravella Simotas (D-Queens) would change that.

Why is Social Work Techphobic?
I have been having this discussion with a social work colleague of mine for a while now and we both feel that the social work profession has a real problem with technology. Nancy J. Smyth wrote this post a couple of years ago but it is, sadly, still relevant.

What I love so much about Nancy’s post is that it approaches this issue form a cultural competency angle.  In an age when so many of our clients and the communities we serve are using social media how can we continue to opt not to learn about this technology?

Social work needs to put aside its techphobia and start talking about positive ways in which to incorporate it into all areas of practice.  If not we are going to fall behind and risk becoming irrelevant.

Information and Communication Technologies in Social Work
In a similar vein the Nancy Smyth’s article, here is a scholarly article on the role of technology in social work.  The article uses specific sections of the NASW Code of Ethics to explain the role technology should have in the profession.

IFSW Issues Statement on LGBT Discrimination
The International Federation of Social Workers has issues a statement on state legislation discriminating against LGBT people.  You can read it here.

Being Honest with Young Women
Tracy Moore suggest that in order to empower girls we need to be honest with them about the continued existence of misogyny.

We still earn less than men. There’s still no female president. The first lady is still being written about more for how she dresses than what she does. If we’re going to be honest with ourselves and our daughters, shouldn’t we be teaching them early how utterly fucked the world still can be for women, instead of promising the moon and watching them hit the roof? Click here to read more

Teen Dating Violence
Nicole Clark, MSW has written a great post on how to help teens in unhealthy relationships.  You can read it at her blog.


photo credit: Mykl Roventine via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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