Oh, you email warriors… I see you brag about your 200+ emails and get uber jealous when you dwindle it down to zero. I don’t know how you do it, for I am a digital hoarder and my inbox is plentiful with unfinished tasks. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while because…
An overview of technology tools that I use in social work practice.
My Self-Care Plan is a very popular download on my Social Work Tech Tools section of my site. I translated it to the type of Spanish I use with my clients, out of necessity and per special request.
You can download it on Social Work Tech Tools.
This handout makes a great addition to your digital Social Work Tool Box!
I’m a big fan of the Bluetooth headphones because I don’t like cords anchoring me to my ginormous iPhone. Don’t get me wrong… I love my ginormous iPhone, but I don’t want it snuggling up to my body all the time so that my Bluetooth can work. You might be familiar with the eternal struggle…
I had a request to translate The Cycle of Change I previously made, to Spanish. It should be noted that I wrote this for me to use with my clients and the dialect of Spanish that we use when we communicate. You can also download it on Social Work Tech Tools.
This handout makes a great addition to your digital Social Work Tool Box (also known as the Social Work Tool Kit). I also wrote a non-scholarly narrative about this important transtheoretical model.
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.
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.
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 recently received the following tweet from from a follower, asking for a recommendation
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Welcome to the New Year! The old one always ends with some sparking beverages and hopes for positive changes. Whether it’s the New Year or a certain stage in your life, an effort for change to secure your health is always welcomed!
I have been asked to share some of the apps that I use in Social Work Tech Practice.
Meditation Oasis is a company that provides a variety of guided meditation services and products. I have bought a few of their iOS apps and would recommend them for your own mindfulness practice and for clients!
A web-app is a computer program that is run and coded into a website so that you do not have to install it on your computer. While a computer application (or program) that is installed on your computer (like Microsoft Word or Google Chrome) will use the resources on your computer to run, a web-app is run remotely.