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Mobile Social Work is now at wordpress.com - Thanx to scoop.it for hosting

Mobile Social Work is now at wordpress.com - Thanx to scoop.it for hosting | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

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It was a great time here at scoop.it. Awesome webservice. It's just ... wordpress.com offers some more possibilities. That's why Mobile Social Work migrates.

 

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Do you know how to use your smartphone in youth care? Mobile Learning & Professional Development in Youth Care

Do you know how to use your smartphone in youth care? Mobile Learning & Professional Development in Youth Care | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

Her are two situations you or your colleagues may know…

 

Think of yourself as working in a youth center. A lot of your young visitors are also “friends” of your Youth Centre on facebook. Hence you are able to read their posts and comments, see their photos and what they are up to. While commuting to work you’re checking facebook and you’re reading that one of your visitors has been involved in a fight last night, in which his opponent lost two teeth. What can you do with this information? You’re working in residential youth care with young girls. The girls want to show the results of the “beauty & wellness weekend” you did with them in a video on youtube or facebook to their friends. They took pictures and videos of the event with their smartphones without telling you. What do you know about the legal implications, the practical realisation or about the educational benefits of digital storytelling to build up confidence and self-esteem?

Do you really feel confident in these situations? New technologies like smartphones or social media are challenging youth care. On Mobile Social Work there are a lot of postings discussing this issue. Now Mobile Social Work is taking the next step building a European Partnership to work on Mobile Learning and Professional Development in Youth Care. The idea is to bridge the digital divide between youth care workers and their young clients by building digital and mobile literacy using mobile learning as a mean for professional development and transferring the experience into practical work with young clients.

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BPS Research Digest: What your Facebook picture says about your cultural background

BPS Research Digest: What your Facebook picture says about your cultural background | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

What kind of profile picture do you have on Facebook? Is it a close-up shot of your lovely face with little background visible? Or is it zoomed out, so that you appear against a wider context? The answer, according to a new study by psychologists in the USA, likely depends in part on your cultural ancestry.

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Facebook Takes Bold Steps in Healthcare connecting suicidal users to national hotline crisis counselors

Facebook Takes Bold Steps in Healthcare connecting suicidal users to national hotline crisis counselors | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

Last month, Facebook took a bold step into the healthcare world and launched a new initiative connecting suicidal users to national hotline crisis counselors at their precise moment of need. This new service adds to a list of pro-social programs incorporated by the social networking giant in 2011 including an aggressive crack-down on hate speech, bullying and anti-gay propaganda.

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Can Your Mobile Apps Be Trusted? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Can Your Mobile Apps Be Trusted? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Privacy concerns regarding mobile apps are higher than ever. This infographic gives the rundown on what to watch out for.
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Using FaceTime for Online Therapy

Using FaceTime for Online Therapy | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

We have received many inquiries about whether or not FaceTime is suitable for online therapy, and of course in the U.S. the question about HIPAA always comes up.


We are posting relevant articles here so that you can become more informed about the use of FaceTime.

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Video games help autistic students in classrooms

Video games help autistic students in classrooms | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Onscreen, Michael Mendoza's digital avatar stands before a wonderland of cakes and sweets, but his message is all business: 'I. Get. Frustrated when people push me and call me — and call me — a teacher's pet!

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Can off-the-shelf video games spark a breakthrough in treating autism? That's the question researchers are asking as educators quietly discover the therapeutic uses of motion-controlled sensors. The devices are popular with gamers: Microsoft this week said it had sold more than 19 million Kinect motion-sensor units since introducing it in November 2010.

 

Now autism researchers, teachers and therapists are installing them in classrooms and clinics, reporting promising results for a fraction of the price of typical equipment. Could a teacher armed with a $300 Xbox and a $10 copy of Double Fine Happy Action Theater do as much good as months of intensive therapy?

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Therapy for depression can work over the phone

By Kerry Grens

 

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with depression are more likely to stick with a type of talk therapy when it's given over the phone, compared to traditional, face-to-face settings, according to a new study.

"This is very encouraging and suggests that the telephone can be an effective medium to communicate with clients during (cognitive behavioral therapy)," said Stefan Hofmann, a psychology professor at Boston University, who was not involved in this study.

However, the results also show that while people might be less likely to drop out of telephone-based therapy, this approach may be slightly less helpful than office-based treatments.

"Apparently, there is an advantage of doing therapy face-to-face, but the reason is not clear," Hofmann added in an email to Reuters Health.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that tries to change the thoughts and attitudes leading to a person's condition.

David Mohr, the lead author of the study and a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said that many people want therapy as part of their depression treatment, but "one of the things we've found over the years is that it's very difficult for people with depression to access psychotherapy."

In addition to the expense, if health insurance doesn't cover it completely, therapy requires a time commitment -- sometimes an hour or more a week for months -- that is a challenge for people to meet.

 

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SOURCE: http://bit.ly/JjFzqx Journal of the American Medical Association, online June 6, 2012.

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Beautiful Visualizations Show Global Facebook Activity

Beautiful Visualizations Show Global Facebook Activity | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Facebook's data team cooked up some amazing visualizations that show Facebook's global spread.
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Why Does Using Facebook Feel So Good? | Psychology Today

Why Does Using Facebook Feel So Good? | Psychology Today | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Research reveals that the social network arouses fundamental human strivings. By Vinita Mehta, Ph.D., Ed.M....

 

At a party a few years ago, a friend turned to me and in all seriousness stated that he would rather be at home on Facebook than catching up with some of his closest friends offline. Since I hadn't signed up for the network yet, I had no idea what he was talking about. He nearly burst as he raved about “Liking” and “Poking” (remember that feature?). But he was on to something. Despite its further technologizing our experience, two new studies have found that the social network satisfies basic human desires, both body and soul.

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Study links both cyberbullies and their victims to higher risk of self-destructive behaviour

Study links both cyberbullies and their victims to higher risk of self-destructive behaviour | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

New research has found children who are both victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying are more likely to binge drink, face suspension from school, suffer depression and engage in self-harm 12 months later.

 

The longitudinal study – led by Professor Sheryl Hemphill from Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) School of Psychology in collaboration with Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Deakin University – followed almost 800 Victorian students from primary through high school to investigate rates of bullying perpetration and victimisation, predictors and consequences.

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BlindSquare: App Uses Foursquare Data to Help the Blind Navigate Streets

BlindSquare: App Uses Foursquare Data to Help the Blind Navigate Streets | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
BlindSquare is a new app that integrates Foursquare data into an app. With VoiceOver technology, users are able to listen to directions and hear what locations are nearby.
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Innovative Ways for Older Americans to be Never too Old to Play | HealthWorks Collective

Innovative Ways for Older Americans to be Never too Old to Play | HealthWorks Collective | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Finding ourselves on the cusp of the close of Older Americans month and the entrée to the summer season – Memorial Day, it seems fitting to mention the “Never too Old to Play” theme. Through this mantra, older Americans are encouraged to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.  And, one can think of no more important way to stay vital than by playing an active role in one’s individual healthcare decision-making.
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European Partnership: Mobile Learning & Professional Development in Youth Care

European Partnership: Mobile Learning & Professional Development in Youth Care | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

This draft is based on a template frommobimooc. It describes the first ideas of an European partnership and is subject to constant further development integrating the ideas of the joining partners. If you want to participate in the project or if you want 


Project goal

Bridging the digital gap between youth care workers and their young clients by building digital and mobile literacy using mobile learning as a mean for professional development and transferring the experience into practical work with young clients


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Mobile Social Work moved to http://mobilesocialwork.wordpress.com/ - Please visit us there!

Mobile Social Work moved to http://mobilesocialwork.wordpress.com/ - Please visit us there! | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

Mobile Social Work - the magazine that provides ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media – has a new home. Please visit Mobile Social Work at http://mobilesocialwork.wordpress.com/.

 

Thanks to scoop.it and the community around here for the feedback and support.

 

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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment -- and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

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Mom, Please Feed My Apps!

Mom, Please Feed My Apps! | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Mobile-game critters need money from their young keepers, and parents are paying. Are online firms too eager to take advantage of child consumers?

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Ms. Linebarger paid $9.99 for full access to the game's tools, a purchase she said she regretted. "The accessibility is probably what scares me the most about it," she said. "You're not always at a toy store. You're not always at a grocery store. But with your phone, you can have it always on, all the time."

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Losing Your Partner to Video Games? - Partners in Wellness

Losing Your Partner to Video Games? - Partners in Wellness | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

By KATE THIEDA

 

Do you think the creator of the game “Angry Birds” ever imagined that the game would be so popular? Long gone are the days of having to put quarters in a arcade machine to have some fun. Nearly every imaginable game is at our fingertips with all of the phone, iPad, computer and handheld gaming devices available today.

 

For some people, the idea of a “gaming addiction” is a foreign one–unlike alcohol or drug abuse, or gambling, this isn’t a problem that previous generations ever had because the technology didn’t exist. But for people who are watching their relationships fall apart because their partners can’t pry themselves away from playing games, this is a real problem.

 

How do you know if your partner is addicted to gaming?

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“Alive Inside” Shows Power of Music in Treating Dementia | Social Workers Speak

“Alive Inside” Shows Power of Music in Treating Dementia | Social Workers Speak | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

A snippet of the upcoming film “Alive Inside” was posted online for months before someone put it on the Reddit social news website and the clip went viral.

 

About seven million people have now watched the touching and emotional clip, which shows elderly people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia become animated and engage others after they listen to music from their youth played on iPods.

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» Who’s Afraid Of Online Counseling? - Private Practice Toolbox

» Who’s Afraid Of Online Counseling? - Private Practice Toolbox | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

By JULIE HANKS, LCSW

 

Eleven years ago I ventured briefly into the world of providing online counseling services. It was short-lived because there was not enough interest from potential clients in online counseling. At the time, there was a sense that online interventions would revolutionize counseling, and that it might even become a preferred method of treatment for many.

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The ethical concerns and uncertainties surrounding online counseling haven’t changed much in the past decade. Is it really confidential? What problems are appropriate to treat online? Can you treat clients across state lines? What ages are appropriate to treat?

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Twitter Use 2012 | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Twitter Use 2012 | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it

OVERVIEW

As of February 2012, some 15% of online adults use Twitter, and 8% do so on a typical day. Overall Twitter adoption reamins steady, as the 15% of online adults who use Twitter is similar to the 13% of such adults who did so in May 2011. At the same time, the proportion of online adults who use Twitter on a typical day has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010—at that point just 2% of online adults used Twitter on a typical day. The rise of smartphones might account for some of the uptick in usage because smartphone users are particularly likely to be using Twitter.

 

ABOUT THE SURVEY
The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from January 20 to February 19, 2012, among a sample of 2,253 adults, age 18 and older, and from March 15 to April 3, 2012, among a sample of 2,254 adults, age 18 and older.

 

Telephone interviews for the February survey were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (1,352) and cell phone (901, including 440 without a landline phone). For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.3 percentage points. For results based Internet users (n=1,729), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

 

Telephone interviews for the April survey were conducted in English and Spanish by landline (1,351) and cell phone (903, including 410 without a landline phone). For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. For results based Internet users (n=1,803), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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Facebook Will Disappear by 2020, Says Analyst

Facebook Will Disappear by 2020, Says Analyst | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Facebook will be virtually irrelevant by decade's end, believes at least one hedge fund manager. Here's why.
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Do You Suffer From These 4 Tech Afflictions?

Do You Suffer From These 4 Tech Afflictions? | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Tech addiction is real, and it can have dreadful consequences. Here are four ailments you should avoid at all costs.

 

Quick: How many devices do you have on-hand at this very moment? How often have you checked your social media accounts in the last hour? When was the last time you played a video game?

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HowStuffWorks "Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing?"

HowStuffWorks "Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing?" | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing? Learn how violence in movies and video games can desensitize us.
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Mobile App Technology for Social Work

Mobile App Technology for Social Work | Mobile Social Work | Scoop.it
There will never be an app that does social work as we know it, but there are apps that may help social workers and other clinicians work more efficiently and effectively.

The use of mobile technology in healthcare has secured a foothold. But while opportunities exist for social workers to adopt these technologies in their practices, acceptance has been slow. The reluctance is not surprising as the foundation of social work is built on human interaction. But the research and experience thus far indicates that mobile application technology has the capability to support the social worker-client relationship.
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