Human service technology & COVID-19

Greetings from the board of husITa to our friends and followers across the world. In these extraordinarily difficult times we send solidarity to all workers in essential human services. Your work in support of your populations has never been so needed and valuable, even when some political elites fail to recognise this. Our good wishes also go out to human…

Best app award 2020

husITa is proud to announce the Best Human Service Application Awards. The purpose of this competition is to recognize outstanding software applications that support husITa’s mission– promoting the ethical and effective use of information technology to better serve humanity. Description This award recognizes outstanding software applications (app) that support husITa’s mission, i.e., promoting the ethical and effective use of information…

Standing in solidarity with Hong Kong social workers

The Human Services Information Technology Association (husITa) has a long-standing relationship with the people of Hong Kong. Social work academics and practitioners from Hong Kong are frequent contributors to our journal and the city has hosted two of our most successful conferences. For many years, Hong Kong academics have served as members of the board of husITa and on the…

Special conference issue of JTHS is published

Ann Lavan and Gloria Kirwan are delighted to announce the publication of the special conference issue of the Journal of Technology in Human Services. Key highlights of this highly successful conference, held in Dublin, Ireland in 2018, are captured in the content below. Journal of Technology in Human Services Volume 37 Numbers 2–3 April–September 2019 Special Issue: husITa18 International Conference…

The future of social work: A bibliography

A message from Dr Paul Freddolino I have just begun work on an annotated bibliography for Oxford University Press intended to cover references of all sorts that examine changes – both positive and negative – in the way social work is (and will be) practiced as a result of new and emerging technologies.  The search is for research studies if available,…

Report on Dublin conference for husITa Board Meeting

The husITa18 stream was part of the SWSD2018 conference Dublin 4-7 July 2018 There were approximately 2,200 delegates in Dublin and husITa Board members who attended the Dublin conference were: Neil Ballantyne (Chair), Ann Lavan (Secretary), Jonathan Singer (Treasurer), Board members: Wong Yu Cheung, Juls Gilliam, Gloria Kirwan, Oyinlola Oluwagbemiga, Melanie Sage, Dick Schoech, Amanda Taylor. Board members met on…

Cyberpsychology labs in Mexico and Spain

Advances in human services technology occur worldwide, and the Spanish speaking community, with the third highest population in the world, is no exception. Special mention must be made of the research and intervention in cyberpsychology that two labs, one located in Spain and the other one in Mexico, have developed in recent years: the Cyberpsychology Lab (UNAM, Mexico), and the…

husITa and sustainability

Sustainability is a difficult term to define. Wikipedia states sustainability should be viewed as humanity’s target goal of human-ecosystem equilibrium (homeostasis), that is, satisfying present needs does not threaten meeting future needs. Today, most organizations claim the popular goal of sustainability. For example, Starbucks is eliminating an estimated 1 billion plastic straws per year worldwide. The only problem is that…