Social work in a digital age: ethical and risk management challenges.

  title={Social work in a digital age: ethical and risk management challenges.},
  author={Frederic G. Reamer},
  journal={Social work},
  volume={58 2},
  • F. Reamer
  • Published 1 April 2013
  • Computer Science
  • Social work
Digital, online, and other electronic technology has transformed the nature of social work practice. Contemporary social workers can provide services to clients by using online counseling, telephone counseling, video counseling, cybertherapy (avatar therapy), self-guided Web-based interventions, electronic social networks, e-mail, and text messages. The introduction of diverse digital, online, and other forms of electronic social services has created a wide range of complex ethical and related… 

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