Lessons learned from a secret facebook support group

Debra Parker Oliver, Karla Washington, Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, Ashley Gage, Megan Mooney, George Demiris

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The National Association of Social Workers developed practice standards for social workers using technology in their practice. These standards were derived from the foundation of the social work code of ethics and are helpful as social workers explore the use of new tools for the benefit of their clients. Hospice caregivers, both active and bereaved, are in great need of support but are often unable to attend traditional support groups. Facebook secret groups offer social workers a potential tool, given the geographic barriers that exist for traditional face-to-face support groups. The authors' experience with a secret Facebook group indicates that the technology can be useful when managed by a social worker facilitator. As social workers continue to explore helpful ways to use technology with clients, it is critical that they evaluate that practice and assess the clinical outcomes to establish an evidence base behind this practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Facebook
  • caring
  • hospice
  • social support


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