Abstracts of Volume 20 of the Journal of Technology in Human Services 


Volume 20(1-2)

Special issue:  Innovations in Technology and Human Services: Practice and Education Edited by Hy Resnick, Ph. D. and Phoebe Sade Anderson, M.S.W.

Preface & Introduction:  Hy Resnick and Phoebe Sade Anderson

Technology for Social Work Practice with Youth

Funny Face: Using Shareware in Child Counseling and Play Therapy by Louis Aymard

KEY WORDS: Play therapy, child counseling, Computers, Technology, youth

ABSTRACT:  Funny Face an of-the-shelf, children’s computer game is used in play therapy and counseling with preschool and latency age children  by the author/designer who also serves as the therapist.


Interactive Media for Child Care and Counselling: New Resources, New Opportunities by Les Cowan

KEY WORDS: Child Welfare, Technology, children’s stories, foster parents, adoptions, youth

ABSTRACT: A familiar children’s story in the UK - BRUCES STORY about the adventures of a puppy moving into the unknown world as he grows up  - is converted into a multi media program designed to help children in out of home care talk (or write about) their own experiences coming into the child welfare system and into foster and adoptive families.


Computer Integrated Drug Prevention – Combining Multi Media and Group Social Work Practice to Teach Inner City Israeli 6th Graders How To Say No To Drugs by Michael Gropper

KEY WORDS: Drugs, technology, youth, Israel, International social work

ABSTRACT: The author describes a educational multi media program to teach Israeli youth to avoid drugs using an older brother model who provides information and advice to youthful Israeli players re: the adverse consequences of using drugs.


TALKING IT OUT: A Computer-Based Mediation Process for Adolescents by Kris Bosworth

KEY WORDS: Adolescents, youth, schools, technology and mediation

ABSTRACT:   This article describes a kid run computer driven mediation program to help pre teens and teens in schools deal  with their disagreements and conflicts in a constructive manner. The model of mediation used is similar to mediation models described in the literature but the use of these concepts with youth in school settings is a contribution to working with youth in schools


Two HIV/AIDS Training   Programs for Kids by Ann Wilder & Dick Schoech

KEY WORDS: HIV, AIDS, families, youth, technology,

ABSTRACT: The authors describe a multi media program developed by an interdisciplinary team of technical and social work content specialists plus a group of kids to help children of HIV/AID infected parents deal with the family problems associated with this disease


Technology for Social Work Practice with Adults

An Online Stress Management Support Group for Social Workers by Andrea Meier

KEY WORDS: support groups, on line training, burnout, stress management

ABSTRACT: This article describes the use of a list serve to make a contribution to that sector of the human service profession which struggle with burnout. She develops, conducts and evaluates an online support group for social workers.


Risk Management in Online Human Services Practice by Jerry Finn and Mary Banach

KEY WORDS: Human service liability, online services, technology, Internet

ABSTRACT: This article identifies and discusses the issues associated with the growth of online services dealing with human service problems. It also indicates strategies and tactics which may serve to protect both clients who seek online professional help and agencies and private practitioners who offer such help.


Computer-supported Distance Art Therapy by Katie Collie and Davor Cubranik

KEY WORDS:: Art therapy, telehealth, telepsychiatry, traumatic illness

ABSTRACT: This article discusses computer supported distance art therapy as an inexpensive form of telehealth and presents a rationale for developing art therapy services to people with traumatic illness.


Electronic Technology for Social Work Education and Practice: The Application of Telephone Technology to Counseling by Maxine Rosenfield

KEY WORDS: Telephone therapy/counseling, telephone hotline practice, counseling, professional standards

ABSTRACT:  The author in this article argues for the legitimization of the telephone in  one-on-one and group professional practice in social work. She contrasts telephone hotline work and face to face counseling with her view of telephone counseling


Videoconferencing in Telepsychiatry by Marja-Leena Mielonen, Matti Isohanni, Juha Moring, and Arto Ohinmaa

KEY WORDS: Psychiatry, mental illness, telepsychiatry, video conferencing

ABSTRACT: The authors describe early efforts in Finland in telepsychiatry and demonstrate its cost effectiveness as well as its utility for mentally ill patients , their families and for the helping professions.


Applying Group Support Systems in SW Education and Practice by L. Floyd Lewis, Joe Garcia, Ann L. Hallock

KEY WORDS:

ABSTRACT: This article describes an electronic tool or process called Meeting Works, which supports and arguable improves, human service staff meetings. Meeting Works has been shown to be effective with action planning, focus groups, project planning, quality initiatives and a number of other activities associated with the human services


Volume 20(3-4)

Technology for Web-Based Social Work Education

COW: Conferencing on the Web by Brett Seabury

KEY WORDS: Web based education, asynchronistic and synchronistic communication, social work education, technology, online instruction

ABSTRACT: This article describes a Web based social work practice course which provides instruction in text,  sound, images and video and allows students and faculty to communicate with each other asynchronistically.


Facilitating Interactions among Students and Faculty via Web-based Conferencing Systems by Jack Cummings and Curtis Bonk

KEY WORDS: technology in  higher education, web based education, online instruction, case method

ABSTRACT: Authors Cummings and Bonk describe a Web-based conferencing system for graduate and undergraduate students in educational psychology which illustrates  the wide range of communication possibilities of such a system. Students, faculty and practitioners experience increased and beneficial communication by using this system


Technology for Distance Learning Social Work Education

Connecting Aboriginal Learners in Remote Communities: An Online Social Work Course by Steve Hick

KEY WORDS: Rural social work,  First Nation social work students, Web-based education, distance education, focus groups, Aboriginal culture,

ABSTRACT:  This article describes an Internet mediated first year social work course for First Nation participants. It was developed to meet the needs of several remote communities in Canada for distance education in social work.


High Tech and High Touch: The Human Face of Online Education by Robert MacFadden, Sarah Maiter, & Gary C. Dumbrill

KEY WORDS: Web based education, on line courses, cultural diversity, synchronous communication, instructional technology

ABSTRACT: This article describes and evaluates a Web based course in cultural competency. The evaluation focused not only on course content but also on the experiences of both the learners and instructors in a relatively new Internet environment of an online course for social work students and faculty


Technology for CD ROM/VideoDisc Social Work Education

Evolution of Counseling Simulation from Videodisc to CD-ROM by Harold Engen, and Robert D. Dawson

KEY WORDS: Simulations, microcounseling, computer-based instruction, interactive, CD-ROM.      

ABSTRACT: This article describes both the creation of an interactive video disc counseling skills training program and the process of converting it into a  CD-ROM. It will also include as an example a simulated counseling session


Better Listening: Paraphrasing and Perception Checking by Hy Resnick, Forrest C. Bud Hansen, & Jerry Galea

KEY WORDS: Communication skills, CD-ROM, multi media, technological education

ABSTRACT: The authors describe a multi media communication skills training CD-ROM for human service students and practitioners and evaluate its effectiveness with undergraduate social work students in Canada


Multimedia Interactive Training Development by David Wegenest, Alan Bookhagen, and Richard McCowan

KEY WORDS: Public welfare, orientation, multi media, CD-ROM, evaluation

ABSTRACT: This article describes a multi media nine module training program which uses text, graphics, animation, narration and video as well as a planned approach to the use of color, pace, tone,  setting and  instructional activities to achieve its goal of orienting  new workers to the complexity of a public social service agency


The Development of a Multimedia Training Project by Janice Dinkel, and A. Elizabeth Cauble

KEY WORDS: Participation, Interactive video disc, training, focus groups, public welfare

ABSTRACT: The authors describe the development of an interactive video disk child welfare training program. The need for and content of were derived from an extensive state wide focus group participatory process


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