Therapists are still struggling with online social networking issues, in particular how to handle friend requests” on Facebook. We posted an item on this topic in April, referring to a Washington Post article that assessed the position of professional associations on social networking.
The topic comes up again in the new issue of Access, the newsletter of the Clinical Social Work Association. In his Clinical Focus column, LCSW Keith Myers writes what is essentially a good primer for therapists just thinking about getting into the Facebook/ Linked-in networks. It’s not a “how-to,” though.
In Social Media and Psychotherapy – Beginning in the Middle of the Conversation, Myers weighs the clinical, ethical and legal concerns surrounding Facebook.
If you’re looking to develop a policy for your practice regarding online networking, Myers refers readers to Keely Kolmes, a San Francisco psychologist who has a Website, blog (Mindful Musings) and social media policy.
She addresses “friending” and “fanning” (becoming a “fan” of a person or organization), following on Twitter and her policy on using search engines to Google clients.
Eventually, professional associations will doubtless recommend policies on these issues; for now you’ll have to check out what other therapists are doing and adjust your practice as you deem necessary.
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