Human Services Technology by Dick Schoech, Published by Haworth Press

Chapter 5: Human Service IT Applications

Web sites

Additional review & discussion questions

Exercises Additional readings

Web Sites relevant to sections of this chapter

Policy Community Management Worker support Clinical Client
Site Relevance

Section 1:  Policymaking level ( also see Ch 13 )

   
www.house.gov/writerep/ Locate your representative

www.os.dhhs.gov/

US Department of Health and Human Services

 www.loc.gov/

Library of Congress & THOMAS legislative information 

www.e-thepeople.com/

E the people site for social action on an issue

www.unicef-kids.org/

UNICEF Kids Global Village Game. Role play a development worker in Burundi.

http://welfarewatch.org/ Monitors welfare reform
http://www.counseling.org/gc/cybertx.htm Standards for the Ethical Practice of Web Counseling

www.psybc.com/

DSM IV diagnoses and codes

http://www.moveon.org/ Political action group which uses the Web very well

www.psybc.com/

Continuing education for mental health professionals

www.druginfonet.com/pharmfaq.htm FAQ about prescription drugs

 

Section 2: Community level ( also see Ch 13

http://www.fullcirc.com/community/communitymanual.htm Tools for building or hosting an online community

http://nkla.sppsr.ucla.edu/

Neighborhood knowledge Los Angeles

www.scn.org/

Seattle Community Network

http://www.progressivetech.org/Resources/ Report on strengthening Community-led Organizations with Effective Technology

http://comm-org.utoledo.edu/

COMM-ORG, Community practice information

http://www.meetup.com/ Organizing local interest groups
http://www.friendster.com/index.jsp Online community that connects people through networks of friends
www.SubstanceAbusePrevention.org Virtual community to help teens prevent substance abuse

http://comm-dev.org/

International Community Development Society

www.cpsr.org/program/community-nets/community-nets.html

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, resources for community networking,

www.savi.org/

Social assets and vulnerabilities indicators

www.libertynet.org/nol/natl.html Online resources for building communities
www.nonviolence.org/support/ Use the Internet for organizing
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cio/emaps/index.cfm HUD city/zip data & GIS mapping
http://www.lincproject.org/toolkit/db/dbresource.htm Database use in community organizing

 

Section 3: Agency management level ( also see Ch 13 )

http://www.techsoup.org/ Techsoup:  supporting agency and community IT efforts

www.benton.org/Practice/Toolkit/

Best practices toolkits

www.tmcenter.org/assessment/index.html Organizational assessment tools

www.nng.org/

The National Network of Grantmakers

www.coyotecom.com/

Technology tips for nonprofit companies

www.serviceleader.org/vv/index.html Virtual volunteering project
http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/npr/index.htm Best practices research
http://www.DevelopPro.com/ Fund raising information and software search

 

Section 4: Direct Service: support for managing practice ( also see Ch 13 )

http://www.mentalhelp.net/ Mental Health Net

http://netpsych.com/

Explore mental health delivery online

www.onlinepsych.com/treat/mh.htm/

Many discussion forums for types of disorders

www.helphorizons.com/ Provides professional and consumer information
http://child.cornell.edu/ Child abuse prevention network

 

Section 5:  Direct service level:  support for practice with clients (also see Ch 13 )

http://hometown.aol.com/egeratylsw/cyber.html Resources for using the Internet to support practice
www.MAIW.COM/ Overcoming Depression
www.ismho.org/ International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO) 
www.quate.com/ Emotions manager
www.aath.org/ American Association for Therapeutic Humor
http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimh/sware/psyj.htm Help client focus thoughts and feelings for therapy.

www.yft.org/

Database for matching youth to out of home placements

www.uta.edu/cussn/wsa/

Worker safety advisor

http://www.psybc.com/ Mental Health Mall
http://www.colorado.edu/cspv/ Centers providing research and expertise on violence
http://netpsych.com/ Explores online mental health services
http://www.nida.nih.gov/PODAT/PODATindex.html Principles of effective treatment (NIDA)

 

Section 6:  Client level

http://hometown.aol.com/egeratylsw/cyber.html Overview of Cyber Counseling by Ed Geraty

www.monster.com

Connecting people with jobs

www.friendster.com

Connecting people with people

http://www3.uta.edu/sswtech/sapvc/exercises/preview/preview_teen.htm

Helping teens staff off drugs

http://www.benefitscheckup.org/ Federal and state benefits screener for seniors
www.carebetter.com/ Problem drinking assessment, advice, and resources
http://depression-screening.org/ Depression screening, advice, and resources
http://www.egetgoing.com/lowB/index.asp Online treatment for alcohol and drugs
www.metanoia.org/suicide/ Suicide prevention, advice, and resources
http://users.erols.com/ksciacca/ Dual Diagnosis resources and advice 
http://www.fearfighter.com/ Program to treat phobias online
www.infoxchange.net.au/wise/DVIM/index.htm Domestic violence information and resources
http://www.mentalhelp.net/ Mental Health Net client support groups
http://here2listen.com/ E-Therapy from Here2Listen
www.metanoia.org/imhs/ Consumer guide to online therapists

www.netpsych.com/share/

Shareware Psychology Consultation

http://www.masteringstress.com/default.htm Mastering Stress
www.health.org/ PREVLINE, alcohol and drug prevention online

http://members.aol.com/drjudith77/index.htm

Online therapist (questionable example)

http://www.psychotherapy-online.com/ Online therapist (a better example)
http://www.our-kids.org/ Devoted to Raising Special Kids with Special Needs

www.win.net/cyberpsych/

Individual or group counseling

http://mentalhelp.net/ Psychological self help book available online
www.ftc.gov/reports/privacy3/toc.htm Federal Trade Commission's privacy online report

http://www.adoption.com/

Adoption.com, adoption Web site

www-ai.ijs.si/eliza-cgi-bin/eliza_script

Eliza, classic conversation with a computer

http://debra.dgrc.crc.ca/chat/chat.html Natural language questioning regarding AIDS/Epilspsy 

http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/

CancerNet, provides the latest information and research from the National Cancer Institute

http://www.missingkids.com/

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database

www.rxlist.com/ Information about medications
www.babycenter.com/ The baby center, information about babies
www.aath.org/ Pregnancy and child development information
http://www.manicdepressive.org/ Harvard Bipolar Research Program
http://www.disciplinehelp.com/ Help on how to discipline kids

Additional Review and Discussion Questions

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Exercises

1.  Locating human service applications on the Web

    Search the Web for two additional applications for each of the human service areas listed above.

   

2:  Ask all levels of personnel in an agency to respond to the following questions

  1. Does IT help you do your job better?

  2. Are the benefits you receive from most IT applications worth the time required to develop them and supply them with data?

  3. Do you consider your agency to be part of a global society?  Explain the rationale for your answer.

  4. Do people in your agency consider formalized processed information key to the quality of the decisions they make?


Additional Reading

Fink J. (1999).  How to use computers and cyberspace in the clinical practice of psychotherapy.  Jason Aronson, Inc


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