Originally, social services were meant to serve as emergency rooms for society's most vulnerable. They took in orphans and the homeless and fed the hungry. As the twentieth century wore on, social work expanded services to all segments of the less fortunate population, and nonprofits as well as government social agencies began to define their missions by identifying the quality-of-life outcomes their clients achieved. For example, social workers engaged in drug and alcohol addiction began to measure success, not by how many addicts they admitted to their clinics, but rather by how many addicts had remained clean and sober, and for how long, after being discharged from the clinics.
The field of human services, like any other, is constantly evolving. As a result of changing social needs and technological advancements, new trends will emerge. This means that in order to meet the needs of your community, your organization must change the way services are delivered.
You and your team must be up to date on the latest technologies and how they affect the clients and the community you serve. However, how can organizations overcome the challenges posed by change? Innovation can involve both large and subtle changes, and it can occur instantly or gradually in smaller departments or throughout the entire human service industry. Take a look at these human service trends.
Today's blog is written by guest blogger, Sharon Wagner, from Senior Friendly. We truly appreciate her for sharing these helpful insights for seniors and their families.
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Only because it is GVT’s business to provide technology services to the world of social services have we hesitated in the past to promote the central role that technology plays in the delivery of services to the vulnerable populations social workers serve. It has always felt a little too self-serving.
However, in the past fifteen years, technology has evolved from being one of the tools social workers use to what can only be described as the “heart of the matter”.
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