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Ethical Problems and Planning in Social Media Use for Health Care Professionals

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What kinds of information is it useful and ethical for therapists to share on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Instagram? How are psychotherapists to handle “Friending” and “fanning” requests from clients? What are the threats to confidentiality and therapeutic boundaries that are posed by the use of social media sites, texts, or tweets in therapist-client communication?

In an age when most clients use social media, and increasing numbers of clients are digital natives, it is important for therapists to be thinking about how they approach social media in their public and private presence. In this course, we will examine practices in regard to the use of social networking for professional and personal purposes, and discuss topics related to privacy and confidentiality, boundaries and multiple relationships, competence, and informed consent. Common HIPAA violations that occur over social media will be presented and prevention will be discussed. Participants will leave with recommendations and resources for the ethical use of social media and networking. Participants will leave with a social media policy template that they will start to personalize and will be encouraged to introduce into their practice.

Learning objectives:

  1. Be able to identify risks associated with having a personal and professional social media presence and possible ethical dilemmas and problems that can result.
  2. Understand and implement ways to minimize risk when utilizing social media.
  3. Ethically plan by beginning to develop their own social media policy that can be shared with clients.

3 CEUS: Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, LADC, CADC, LCSW, and Case Management. Nursing certificate of participation.

Pre-registration is required.

Oklahoma LADC: 3.0 CEUs approved (3.0 ethics); Kansas LPC & LCPC, Psychologist, LAC & LCAC – meets continuing education requirements for CEUs as described in K.A.R. 102.; Missouri Psychologist – Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Chapter 337.050, 12.(1) Missouri Social Worker – Application was not made for approval. Missouri LPC – Verification of training hours and attendance will be provided for required Missouri LPC Continuing Education reporting; Arkansas Psychologist – Meets with continuing education requirements as described in Arkansas Psychology Board Rules and Regulations 2009, 9.1.A(2)(a). Arkansas LPC,LADAC – This CE offering is not offered as an NBCC approved seminar. Please check with your licensing board for approval.

About the Presenter

Lisa Cromer, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Cromer is an associate professor of clinical psychology at The University of Tulsa where she teaches Diversity, Ethics, and Law, and Intervention Science. Dr Cromer was awarded the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Trauma Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, and recently received the Medicine Wheel Award for Outstanding Community Service. Dr. Cromer conducts trauma and resilience research focusing on helping people thrive through adversity; her prevention and intervention research emphasizes accessibility through telehealth..

Friday, September 10, 2021
Noon to 3:15 p.m.

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