- Dick SchoechDick SchoechDick Schoech is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas Arlington School of Social Work, and currently is a professor in UT Arlington’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering. His specialty area is human services technology. He received a BA in Psychology from UT-Austin, and an MSSW and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Administration from the UTA Schools of Business, Social Work, and Urban Studies. He is founder (1981) and coordinator of the Computer Use in Social Services Network (CUSSNet), founding editor (1985) of The Journal of Technology in Human Services, and chair of HUSITA, an international organization on human services technology. He has written extensively on human service technology and has been the principal investigator on grants to develop applications in child protective services, aging, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. Recent projects include developing a web-phone system for getting clients to adhere to their treatment plans and a tablet-based game to help teens prevent substance abuse and relationship violence. His research interests include e-learning, performance support systems, knowledge engineering, healthy games, behavior change via IT, and high-technology culture. Hobbies include travel, gardening, carpentry, and environmental work as a Master Naturalists.
Information technology (IT), which encompasses tools and prescribed actions, has begun to substantially impact social work, given 50 years of impressive developments. This entry looks at IT trends and their impact on society and social work. The trends covered concern rapid IT development, connectivity, globalization and outsourcing, intelligent applications and devices, centralization and distribution of power and control, and distance education. Issues and challenges for social work are also discussed.