Are you a social work educator interested in incorporating social media into your social work curriculum? Or are you a social work student or new social worker wondering how you may enhance your social work practice via the use of social media?
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, MPH, LCSW, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and I created two online kits for this very purpose!
It is through social media that I had the good fortune of meeting Laurel. Laurel employs her Teaching & Learning Social Work blog for the purpose of helping social work educators and students explore news ways to enhance life-long learning for professional practice. She also invites guest authors to share their new approaches/ideas, as well as their success stories (and failures).
A personal learning network (PLN) enables you to stay current and share information about the latest professional news in your field. Please make sure to check out Laurel’s wonderful Online Toolkit for Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) with Twitter.
This toolkit provides you with a list of eight posts from Teaching & Learning Social Work providing you with specific guidance on how to make the connections you need to help further your career via twitter, along with some possible classroom assignments/tasks.
Below is an infographic listing the top 10 posts from this blog that will help prepare current students or new social workers for their social work careers, along with some potential assignments/exercises.
These top 10 posts focus on developing a professional online presence, a professional learning network and employing best practices in your work.
Top 10 Posts for New Social Workers
Below are the links to the 10 posts shown above:
- The ABCs of Getting a Strong Letter of Recommendation
- 40 Interview Questions Every Social Worker Needs to Know
- Ten Tips for Passing the LMSW Exam
- 10 Skills Clinical Social Workers Must Develop
- 7 Career Tips for Macro Social Workers
- How Social Media Sparks Social Work Career Growth
- How to Build Your Online Authority and Make Friends
- 4 First Session Strategies Every Therapist Should Know
- Re-Energize and Provide Best Therapy
- The Art of Self-Disclosure in Therapy
What are your thoughts about this online toolkit for new social workers? Do you have additional tasks and/or posts to propose?