1st Edition

Human Services Technology Innovations in Practice and Education

By Hy Resnick, Phoebe Sade Anderson Copyright 2002
    398 Pages
    by CRC Press

    398 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Make the most of your human services training or practice with these electronic tools!

    Human Services Technology: Innovations in Practice and Education shows how technology can help practitioners, educators, organizations, and agencies to overcome obstacles, develop problem-solving skills in adults and children, and resolve fear/anxiety issues. It also illustrates how the right software can make a profound difference in the learning experience by transforming students from passive consumers to proactive information hunters.

    The first half of this vital book highlights well-designed, user-friendly, practice-focused software for use with children and youth, including Funny Face, Bruce?s Multimedia Story, Say No With Donny, Talking it Out, and more. These can be used in play therapy, as a child welfare aid, as an educative/preventative intervention for a variety of issues, and for problem solving in school. This half of the book continues with six chapters discussing software designed for human services professionals working with adults. These include interactive video conferencing, online support for job stress, a computer-aided art therapy program, telephone counseling, an electronically supported way to conduct staff meetings, and more

    The second half of Human Services Technology discusses software used for training counselors. These programs monitor users’understanding of the material, provide feedback, allow users to decide what direction their studies would move in, and make provision for students to determine their own pace.

    This vital book shows how technology can help practitioners, educators, organizations, and agencies to:

    • deliver effective services to clients who cannot or will not come to face-to-face sessions
    • use electronic games and simulations to develop problem-solving skills in children and adults
    • use virtual environments and realistic stimuli to resolve issues of fear and anxiety
    • make prevention information easily available to more people than ever before
    • and much more!

      Describing and illustrating software developed and tested in the United States, Australia, Canada, Israel, Finland, and the United Kingdom, Human Services Technology: Innovations in Practice and Education is essential for every human services reference shelf!

    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • Introduction to Technology for Social Work Practice
    • YOUTH
    • ?Funny Face?: Shareware for Child Counseling and Play Therapy
    • Interactive Media for Child Care and Counseling: New Resources, New Opportunities
    • Computer Integrated Drug Prevention?Combining Multi-Media and Social Group Work Practice to Teach Inner City Israeli 6th Graders How to Say No to Drugs
    • ?Talking It Out?: A Computer-Based Mediation Process for Adolescents
    • Clients as Co-Developers of Multimedia Software: Two HIV/AIDS Training Programs for Kids
    • ADULTS
    • An Online Stress Management Support Group for Social Workers
    • Risk Management in Online Services Practice
    • Computer-Supported Distance Art Therapy: A Focus on Traumatic Illness
    • Electronic Technology for Social Work Education and Practice: The Application of Telephone Technology to Counseling
    • Videoconferencing in Telepsychiatry
    • Applying Group Support Systems in Social Work Education and Practice
    • Introduction: Technology in Education
    • COW: Conferencing on the Web
    • Facilitating Interactions Among Students and Faculty via Web-Based Conferencing Systems
    • Connecting Aboriginal Learners in Remote Communities: An Online Social Work Course
    • High Tech and High Touch: The Human Face of Online Education
    • Counseling Simulations: An Interactive CD-ROM Approach
    • Better Listening: Paraphrasing and Perception Checking?A Study of the Effectiveness of a Multimedia Skills Training Program
    • Multimedia Interactive Training Development?Journey: Discovering Social Services CD-ROM
    • The Development of a Multimedia Training Project: Rewards and Challenges of the Multidisciplinary Team
    • Conclusion
    • Bibliography
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Hy Resnick, Phoebe Sade Anderson