Social Work Ethics, Technology & Fake News
— Offered by the University of Arkansas School of Social Work, a part of Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences —
In the age of technology, news is accessible now more than ever. How do we discuss the influx of information and news and more specifically fake news? This presentation will discuss social work ethics as they relate to professional use of technology and fake news. Following connection to the NASW Code of Ethics, the presenter will describe the history of fake news, measures taken by various organizations to control the spread of fake news, dangers, steps to ensure credibility, and how to professionally discuss the topic. There will be intervals throughout the presentation for discussion and planned activities.
- Apply NASW Code of Ethics to issues related to use of technology and fake news
- Define and identify confirmation bias
- Evaluate sources of information for credibility
- Demonstrate media literacy
Dr. Erika Gergerich
Dr. Erika Gergerich has a PhD in Public Policy and her Master’s degree in Social Work. She is Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker. Her social work practice has included working with older adults experiencing social challenges, mental health concerns, and new diagnoses. Research interests are primarily in interprofessional education and geriatrics. In her current position as Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching interests include Social Work with Elders, Research, Social Work Practice Skills, Professionalism and Work with Communities and Organizations.