Professional Collaboration Networks. What is a PCN?

Last summer I was fortunate enough to participate in a Think Tank at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work. The school just launched a new Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program this fall and a part of that program is helping students develop a Professional Collaboration Network or PCN. As part of the think tank I helped to conceptualize and define what a PCN is and how it develops.

So what is a PCN? Well it’s when a social worker creates a process for learning and exchanging information online with a purposeful set of people and organizations in order to meet some specific professional goals, This is part of the definite came up with and you can read more about PCNs over on Laurel Hitchcock’s blog. This first post is actually part of a series of posts that detail how a social worker can use digital technology to develop and sustain a professional network. So be sure to follow for the rest of the series and if you have any questions feel free to reach out via Twitter.


About jimmysw
Associate Professor of Social Work with a focus on the Future of Social Media, Social Work Education and all things technology.

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