E-therapy and social work practice: Benefits, barriers, and training

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The use of information and communication technologies has greatly expanded and has far-reaching implications for social work practice. Following an international review of the literature, this study explored how social workers consider the issues associated with integration of e-therapy into their social work practice. A survey of Israeli social workers revealed that only 4 percent have actual experience with e-therapy. Respondents judged disabled persons and those with mobility restrictions, caregivers of the chronically ill, new parents, the chronically ill, and teenagers as the most appropriate target populations. Attitudes toward benefits, barriers, and training predicted the applicability of e-therapy in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-745
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • Diffusion of innovation
  • information technology
  • suitability for practice
  • target populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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