Art of Invitation Technology Protocol
|Art of Invitation Technology Protocol in accordance with NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice|
|Section 1: Provision of Information to the Public|
|1.01: Ethics and Values
Ensuring accuracy of information, respect, and consistency with the NASW Code of Ethics.
|The Art of Invitation follows the Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice (NASW, 2017) as a guide for ethical web-based service delivery.
The Art of Invitation content is formed from peer reviewed literature, social science approaches, and in alignment with the North American Association of Social Worker’s Statement of Mission and Christian Identity. Only standards which apply directly to the Art of Invitation’s mission, service delivery model, or content are addressed in this protocol.
|Section 2: Designing and Delivering Services|
|2.01: Ethical Use of Technology to
Deliver Social Work Services
The NASW Code of Ethicssuggests service delivery using technology, should:
1. Assess benefits and risks
2. Ensure confidentiality
3. Reasonably observe and maintain clear professional boundaries
|Assessing the relative benefits and risks of the Art of Invitation:
Provides relationship building tools and concepts through video content sharing on line where people often look for assistance
Primary Limitations or Risks:
Ensuring confidentiality of the Art of Invitation participants
Reasonably observing and maintaining clear professional boundaries
|2.06: Competence: Knowledge and Skills Required
When Using Technology to Provide Service
Knowledge and skills are needed safe, competent, and ethical service delivery.
|The Art of Invitation is committed to using the most feasible and current technologies available to provide sound, culturally sensitive, ethical, and accessible video content.|
|2.09: Maintaining Professional Boundaries
Clear professional boundaries should be defined and respected.
|The Art of Invitation uses an online learning platform for delivering psychoeducational services accessible to the general public. Learning communities form independently where individuals, groups, churches, or other associations self-determine to utilize content videos and the Art of Invitation Guidebooks. Art of Invitation staff will answer questions or respond to requests for information about group process or educational content through www.artofinvitation.org.
The Art of Invitation is not a clinical practice and, therefore, is unable to respond to requests for personal application of the material pertaining to relationship issues outside of the scope of a typical learning environment.
The Art of Invitation may partner with a sponsoring organization to provide direct facilitation of a group. Focus of such a group will remain educational in focus.
Learning communities form around an interest in the Art of Invitation. In some settings, personal and professional boundaries blur. For example, in a small-town, the Art of Invitation facilitator can be known through Art of Invitation facilitation as well as through a faith based or community-based experience. Since AOI is not a clinical practice, traditional boundary setting for clinical practice does not apply. Respectful, thoughtful, and appropriate communication and interactional norms will be honored for each setting in which the facilitator and participants find themselves.
|2.10: Social Media Policy
|Standard 2.11: Use of Personal Technology for Work Purposes
Personal mobile phones and other devices used for electronic communication and social work services should insure confidentiality for recipients of service
|The Art of Invitation takes reasonable steps to protect confidentiality and maintain appropriate boundaries when using personal mobile phones or other electronic communication devices for work purposes. A google voice account is posted as the website’s contact telephone number. Calls are forwarded to personal mobile phone numbers.
|2.13: Responsibility in Emergency Circumstances
Emergency services in the jurisdiction where the client is located and share this information with recipients of service.
|The Art of Invitation is not a clinical practice. Participants who find themselves needing specialized or more in depth help for personal or relational problems are directed to seek emergency or local resources, such as 911, 211, or the soon to be created 988.
| 2.14 Electronic and Online Testimonials
Online testimonials should not be pursued from past or current recipients of service due to the possibility of the service provider’s undue influence in a decision to share his or her story and the ramifications of exposure.
|The Art of Invitation does not use participant testimonials.
|2.22 Programmatic Needs Assessments and Evaluations
Participants’ informed consent when using technology to conduct needs assessments and program evaluations shall obtained and information shall be provided about how confidentiality will be ensured.
Social workers who conduct online research shall assess the quality, strengths, and limitations of the research.
|The Art of Invitation is a psychoeducational faith-based approach to enhance relationships. It is not a clinical practice and does not provide clinical or therapeutic services. Therefore, recordkeeping consistent with a medical model or therapeutic practice is not maintained.
The Art of Invitation will observe confidentiality for participants who provide feedback in order to study effectiveness, utility, and to improve the learning process. All online surveys or other technologies used to gather information will include posted information for informed consent including: intended uses of the information gathered, who will receive the information what information will be shared, and how the results will be distributed.
The Art of Invitation will take reasonable steps to ensure reliability, validity, currency, and limitations of the program evaluations pursued, and seek to portray with accuracy any findings or results.
|Section 3: Gathering, Managing, and Storing Information|
|3.01: Informed Consent
Recipients of service will be informed as to how electronic devices or communication technologies gather, manage, and store identifying information. A process to give Informed consent shall be established for any personal data collected, managed, or stored.
|Learning communities form around the Art of Invitation. Examples of past applications include faith-based settings, not-for-profits, and chaplaincy recovery community. Attendance records, program evaluations, completed handouts shared, and other personal records will be keep in a secure location and confidentiality will be maintained.
All online surveys or other technologies used to gather information will include posted information about the reason for the survey and a voluntary option to participate, which is implied consent. The information will be used solely by the Art of Invitation, LLC to learn more about our users and how best to help them with building enduring relationships and collaborative community. Data collected will not identify any one group or individual. Data will be shared on the AOI platforms for AOI user benefit or for the further development of AOI. Data is not collected as a profitmaking exercise.
|3.02: Separation of Personal and Professional Communications
Clear delineation between personal and professional communications and information should be established and honored.
|The Art of Invitation will take reasonable steps to protect confidentiality and maintain appropriate boundaries when using personal mobile phones or other electronic communication devices for work purposes. See 2.09 for clarification of possible blurred lines of personal and professional communication and boundaries.
When gathering, managing, and storing information, separate accounts, separate storage media or folders, will be used. Information will be stored in a secure location and computer data will be password protected.
|3.03: Handling Confidential Information
Confidential information concerning participants or research participants should be gathered, managed, and stored in a secure manner and in accordance with relevant federal and state statutes, regulations, and organizational policies.
|Learning communities form around the Art of Invitation. Examples of past applications include faith-based settings, not-for-profits, and chaplaincy recovery community. Attendance records, program evaluations, completed handouts shared, and other personal records from onsite presentations willl be keep in a secure location and confidentiality will be maintained.
Participant related electronic data will be stored in secure locations. Access will be limited to appropriate parties. When electronic files are backed up, reasonable precautions will be taken to maintain confidentiality of the backed-up files.
When identifying information is not needed, the Art of Invitation will gather data on an anonymous basis so a particular participant cannot be linked with the information.
Safeguards will be considered when using free services for gathering, managing, and storing data and more secure as fee-for-service options may be pursued if needed to ensure confidentiality.
|Standard 3.06: Credibility of Information Gathered Electronically
Reasonable steps shall be taken to ensure reliability and accuracy of digital information gathered for social work practice or research.
|If the Art of Invitation uses an online form, web site, or other electronic means to collect data, careful attention will be paid to maintain credibility of the information collected.
When appropriate to the purpose, the Art of Invitation will establish and verify the identity of the participant submitting information or data. A unique identifier or passcode may be necessary.
|Standard 3.14: Managing Phased Out and Outdated Electronic Devices
Steps shall be taken to protect participants, the program, employees, and the environment when phasing out or eliminating an electronic device.
|The Art of Invitation will take appropriate measures to make sure old or outdated electronic devices are disposed of in a method which insures identifying information from surveys, evaluations, learning communities, etc. is protected.|
|Section 4: Social Work Education and Supervision|
|Standard 4.01: Use of Technology in Social Work Education
The competence and an ethical use of technology will be pursued in the design and delivery of social work education and training.
|Any web-based Social Work continuing education or training provided by the Art of Invitation will be done in partnership with an accredited or recognized organization, meeting professional licensing standards set forth by state licensing agencies regulating Social Work CEUs. In partnership with such organizations, the Art of Invitation will comply with the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education and follow applicable licensing laws regarding continuing education delivered via electronic means.|