Protecting Clinical Boundaries and Your Practice on Social Media, an Ethical Approach

Course Materials

Question & Answer
Closing Remarks


1. Web visibility & Google Alerts
  • Google searches on self
  • Who is looking for us?
  • Setting up Google Alerts
  • Removing self from sites or Google index
  • Correcting misinformation
2. Personal vs. Professional activities online
  • Various approaches to managing your online presence
3. Research on client & therapist extratherapuetic encounters online
  • Summary of research on psychotherapists seeking patient information online
  • Summary of research on psychotherapy patients seeking information about their mental health provider online
  • Research on online reviews and their impact on psychotherapy clients
4. General privacy tips

5. Social Media Policies
  • What is a policy?
  • Why use one?
  • What should it include?
  • Free copy of Dr. Kolmes’s original SMP
6. Ethics Codes / Clinical dilemmas & vignettes
  • List of Ethics Codes applied today
  • What is Digital Ethics?
  • Vignettes: Eight vignettes covering viewing client social media profiles, status updates, handling friend/contact requests, media and public statements, seeking consultation and listserv referrals, managing online reviews, managing multiple professions & social media marketing, retention and documentation of messages on social media
7. Closing remarks and summary

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