Conversations on Social Work Careers: Social Work and AI

Conversations on Social Work Careers: Social Work and AI is by Jennifer Luna and is part of a larger series called Conversations with Social Work Careers. This article was originally posted on

In this episode of Conversations on Social Work Careers, Your Social Work Career Coach Jennifer Luna talks with Dr. Allan Barsky and Dr. Gina Griffin on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and social work. Allan and Gina have each written recent columns for The New Social Worker on this fascinating and timely topic.

     Read their columns here:

Social Work Tech Talk: I, Chatbot—What Does AI Have To Do With Social Work? by Gina Griffin:

Ethics Alive! Artificial Intelligence: Tricks or Tools for Social Work Education and Practice, by Allan Barsky:

Ethics Alive! The Ethics of SocBots: Imagining Siri and Alexa as the Next Generation of Social Workers, by Allan Barsky:

     Jennifer Luna’s column, Your Social Work Career Coach, appears in The New Social Worker. See her latest columns and videos at

Additional Resources on Social Work and AI

From Allan Barsky:

From Gina Griffin:

  • Benjamin, R. (2020). Race after technology: Abolitionist tools for the new jim code. Polity.
  • Eubanks, V. (2019). Automating inequality: How high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor. PICADOR St. Martin’s Press.
  • Griffin, G.  (2022, March 23). Digital Technology. Encyclopedia of Social Work. Retrieved 11 Aug. 2023, from
  • Griffin, G., & Sage, M. (2022). Emerging futures and technology ethics. In Social work theory and ethics. essay, Springer Singapore.
  • Noble, S. U. (2018). Algorithms of oppression: How search engines enforce racism. New York University Press.
  • O’Neil, C. (2018). Weapons of math destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. Penguin Books.
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