July/August 2017 Issue
Editor's Note: Technology Tune-Up
"Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate."
The 2005 Technology Standards established by NASW and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) were created as a guide to the professional and ethical use of technology in social work practice and education. The world of technology was a significantly different one at that time. Since 2005, online or distance social work education has expanded in a major way, online counseling has become a more commonplace practice among clinicians, electronic recordkeeping is becoming the gold standard in health care including behavioral health care, and social media has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including our professional lives.
Technology has changed since 2005, and the creators of the Technology Standards recognized the need to revise the standards to respond to the changes that have occurred since the original standards were released. NASW and ASWB collaborated with the Council on Social Work Education and the Clinical Social Work Association to rework the standards to reflect the new world of technological changes in 2017.