Informatics in Social Work Practice: Technology within the Field


Susan E. Elswick
Department of Social Work, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC025000

Technology and informatics in the field of applied social work is at the cusp of development within the profession. For many years, other applied fields such as medicine and nursing have been implementing and benefiting from the use of technology in practice. Technology has improved outcomes for researchers, practitioners, and consumers within the field of medicine and nursing. Although lagging behind in the technology trend, social work practitioners are learning the importance of these systems within their daily applied practices. Technology can assist in bridging the gap between consumer needs and clinical experts in the field. Imagine a practice in which real-time data is captured regarding the client’s needs and target behaviors across multiple environments; clinician prompts are provided when a client has thoughts of harm; evidence-based behavioral interventions are provided even in the absence of the direct clinician in order to assist the client with skill generalization; and where an interdisciplinary team of professionals can provide a wraparound approach to service delivery in lieu of that clinician working individually as if in a silo. The ability to make clinical decisions that are data informed for all clients should be at the forefront of social work practices. This book will assist clinicians with understanding the importance of informatics in social work practice and identifying ways in which to embed these technological methods into current practices.
(Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I. Overview

Chapter 1. The use and Need for Informatics in Practice Settings

Chapter 2. Types of Technology

Chapter 3. Service Delivery Improved through the Use of Informatics – Case Examples

Part II. Educating and Supporting Clinicians

Chapter 4. Introduction to Technology in the Field of Social Work Education

Chapter 5. Technology Resources for the Field of Social Work

Part III. Ensuring Ethical and Best Practices for Consumers

Chapter 6. Ethical Considerations within a Technology Framed Lens

Chapter 7. Turning Clinician Bias and Fear into Educated Decision Making and Empowerment

Part IV. Preparing for the Use of Technology in the Field of Social and Behavioral Science

Chapter 8. Policy and Programming within Organizations

Chapter 9. Innovative Programming Costs and Supports

Chapter 10. Data Mining for Improving Client Outcomes

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