The above broadcast happened after I outlined this article on a MindMeister map, which I then prompted on my computer monitor behind my iPhone’s camera. If you have time to watch the video versus reading this article, you’ll notice a HUUUUGE difference in tone, as you have casual versus serious, respectively, in the two mediums.…
EventBrite for Social Work Event Planning I helped my local chapter of NASW put together the ticketing system for this year’s Social Work Month celebration. It was our fourth Event using EventBrite. I’m writing this now to help you plan your fall events. EventBrite is a service that builds a legitimate and solid site for…
I made a handout for the Seven Stages of Grief that I give to clients when dealing with loss. In serving Spanish-Speaking populations, primarily Mexican, I saw that there was a need for this intervention to be translated. I got some help with it and did my very best to translate this document in the spirit…
For anyone working in a system where they practice social work, changes changes can be welcomed, worry inducing, or resisted. As time gets longer, one will inevitably be brought into the world of technological advancement, whether its through digital case management being implemented or having to upgrade your phone. Embracing technology can be daunting. The…
StudyBlue Review (video) If you’re not a fan of video, skip over this video below 🙂 StudyBlue Review (text) StudyBlue is an application I use on my iPhone when I want to use flashcards. While aimed at college students, I find that this app servesanyone wanting to learn about specific topics, if memorization is your…
I knew I had a problem when I showed up five minutes early for a 10 AM meeting… that actually started at 9 AM. Mortifying.
Because my day is fluid, malleable, and ever changing, I need my calendar to have the same flexibility. Over the past few months, I’ve begged, pleaded, and got my way around getting my digital calendar (Microsoft Exchange) onto my iPhone’s native Calendar and Mail apps. Since then, it has helped me tremendously to do my job. I haven’t been this excited since I found the auxillory port on the company vehicle to plug in my iPhone.
Another year in, another year out… Boy, that was fast!
Every year, the trendy thing is to make resolutions. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Get out of debt.… Laudible? Yes. Cliché? oui. However, the new year is a chance for renewal, change, and to reset and redirect ourselves.
Now, whether you stumbled on this post at the start of the new year or some other time, what follows is a list of behaviors I will continue doing this year to become a better social work professional.
In March 2013, I registered socialworktechtools.com and in a timely fashion, I launched that portion of my site tonight after receiving feedback that my tools were hard to find on my site.
Every time I launch a tool, I will post a blog and will outline the interventon on the Social Work Tech Tools portion of my site.
On September 19, 2014, I got up to stand in line at my local Apple Store. I got there at 4 AM and was eagerly waiting for iPhone 6. Frankly, I did it because the hype was overwhelming and standing in line for an Apple product launch was a bucket list event that I’ve never done before.
The Apple Store open at 8 AM, and I didn’t get out of there till 11:30. Next time I’ll have to remember that you can pre-order for pick-up (I thought it was only pre-order for delivery).
I use my iPad mini to write clinical notes on a PDF-reader program. (I should make a separate blog post about how to make your iPad HIPAA compliant.) On the app, I will use iOS dictation to write my notes, but when that’s unavailable, I will use my thumbs on the touch screen.
I’ve gotten lazy about trivial matters like text messaging – I blame aging on this. While it’s aggravating to talk to people that still use “u” and “ur” (I’ve stopped talking to those people), I use several of these keyboard shortcuts now when I text.
I wanted to share with you something that I have made for myself to use for my clinical practice. It is intended to help me with my documentation via note-taking. I would like to take the opportunity to remind you that the information that follows is for entertainment purposes only and is not considered clinical advice for how to practice social work with your clients.
Several years ago, I downloaded Word Lens because it was free at the time and did not really use it. I recently found out that Word Lens is free for download on the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad. It is an app with possibilities to enhance Social Work Practice of Spanish-speaking practitioners. It is also available for Android.
The current state of your password management is probably intolerable, with Post-It notes, random pieces of paper, or other primitive tracking methods to keep track of multiple logins, sites, and credit card information – and we do this to keep our personal and professional lives in order. It’s almost like you’re dying to get hacked into or locked out of your accounts.
Oh, and don’t you love it when you’re prompted, almost randomly, to change your password? At some point you start running out of colors, farm animals, and the names of friends and nephews, to integrate into a string of lower-case, upper-case, number, astrological sign, and special characters.
I thought I would share this quick tip with you all for researching and highlighting articles posted on the web.
What I used:
My Internet Browser (Chrome or die)
Pocket App (on iOS)
Pocket Extension (for Google Chrome)
Evernote App (on iOS)
Also featured: Evernote Clipper (for Google Chrome)
I wanted to write about some of the apps that I use on a daily basis. As the internet has become a daily part of our existence, it’s common to run into content, stories, etc. that resonates with you.
Pocket is Free App That I Use Daily
Pocket is that safe harbor to keep, clip, archive, store, and share online reading. It is a “read it later” app which allows you to digitally “clip” articles and revisit them later. If you’re a busy social worker like me that can catch a quick glimpse of social media during a brea, then this app is for you! As far as I know, Pocket does not work on any type of payment model. The experience in using this service is what you would expect from paying a premium – the functionality, apps, and clipping are all very well executed – all for no cost to the consumer.