ANZASW Webinar -The Professional Use of Social Media by Social Workers in Aotearoa New Zealand. What do we think? And what do we need to know?

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Date(s) - 30/05/2019
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Friday 30 May 2019, 12.30- 1.30pm

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Presenters: Deb Stanfield

Deb Stanfield is a registered social worker in Aotearoa New Zealand and member of ANZASW, currently employed as a social work educator and supervisor. She recently completed a PhD in Social Work at the University of Auckland; her research was about the relationship between social workers and social media.

This presentation offers the views and curiosities of social workers who participated in a mixed methods research project (survey, interviews, focus groups) about the professional use of social media. The specific focus of this presentation is on the theme of social work knowledge – what do we already know about social media? What more do we need to find out?

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be offered points of reflection on:

  • using social media in a way that promotes the integrity of the profession and represents the identity of the profession.
  • observing tikanga on social media; upholding rangatiratanga, whanaungatanga, and manaakitanga.
  • the value of social media as a source of knowledge for practice and the challenges inherent in managing multiple sources of knowledge.
  • The role of social media in promoting/compromising social justice and human rights.

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