As a social worker, seeking out advice and guidance from reliable sources can be beneficial. Social media sites like Twitter are useful platforms for finding professional development ideas and networking opportunities.
The National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics includes some guidelines for social workers in the digital age. Among the points relevant to social workers’ use of social media are:
- Posting personal information on professional websites or other media could lead to boundary confusion, inappropriate relationships or client harm.
- Clients may discover personal information about them based on their personal affiliations and use of social media.
- Social workers should circumvent accepting requests from or engaging in personal relationships with clients on online social networks or other digital media.
- Social workers should avoid sharing any confidential or identifying details about clients on websites or social media.
There are many ways to interact with social media, such as following social work Twitter accounts, without compromising ethics. In fact, some social media sites set up by social work organizations and practitioners can be of great value to students or new social workers.
Finding social work Twitter accounts to follow is a helpful way to connect with influential people, organizations and publishers in the field. You can learn from the ideas, news, research and new practices they share.
Social Work Twitter Accounts to Follow
Twitter accounts come and go, and it’s difficult to discern active tweeters who share up-to-date information without digging into the account. This list can give you a good start when searching for social work Twitter accounts of official organizations and influencers.
The following social work Twitter accounts may be helpful to you.
American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABSCW)
Association for Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA)
Moderators: Association for Community Organization and Social Action
Twitter Feed: @acosaorg
Website:Association for Community Organization and Social Action
Get Social Work Jobs
Global Social Work Distance Education
Moderators: Rose Singh, Melissa Thompson
Twitter Feed: @Global_SW_DE
The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Moderator: The International Association of Schools of Social Work
Twitter Feed: @IASSW_AIETS
Website: The International Association Of Schools Of Social Work
Jennifer Luna, MSSW
Journal for the Society for Social Work and Research (JSSWR)
Moderator: Journal for the Society for Social Work and Research
Twitter Feed: @JournalSSWR
Website: Journal for the Society for Social Work & Research
Macmillan International Higher Education Social Work
Nancy J. Smyth, Ph.D.
Network of Professional Social Workers (NPSW)
SAGE Social Work and Social Policy
Social Work Book Group
Moderator: Amanda M.L. Taylor
Twitter Feed: @SWBookGroup
Website: The Use of Book Groups in Social Work Education and Practice
Social Work Helper
Social Work Podcast
Social Work Stories Podcast
Social Work Today
Social Work Toolkit
Moderator: Social Work Toolkit
Twitter Feed: @socialworktools
Nancy J. Smyth, Ph.D.
Social Work Virtual Pal
Springer Social Work
Thomas Blackwell, LCSW
Information on this page was last retrieved in October 2020.