NEI14-ETHICS $120/6 CECs
Ethics and Social Media: Awakening to a New Multicultural Challenge
Do you have a social media policy as part of your informed consent process? What if a client sends you a “friend” request or “follows” you on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, or Twitter? When is it ethical to conduct an internet search on a current or prospective client? How will you respond to negative ratings on consumer sites such as Yelp.com or HealthGrades.com? Have you considered that a client can research you online before or during a course of therapy? Is that a violation of your privacy or a mere boundary issue? What is an ethical response? These interactions with social media are ripe with ethical questions relating to boundaries, transparency, self-disclosure, availability, confidentiality, privacy, and informed consent as well as introducing new gray-zone areas such as “friending,” “following,” “commenting,” and “posting.”
This workshop explores how we can engage this territory in an informed, conscious, and ethical manner. Additionally, we will equip you with essential information about the emerging and historically significant ‘digital native/digital immigrant’ cultural divide, which when viewed through a multiculturally sensitive lens, will assist us in ethical decision making regarding our social media presence.
Laura L. Lansrud López, M.A., ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, is an art therapist and professional counselor in private practice She has spent the past two years exploring the murky yest fascinating ethical territory where digital media meets professional practice. She is involved with the Conscious Entrepreneurship initiative at SWC.
James Michael Nolan, Ph.D., is the president of Southwestern College. He launched and maintains the College’s social media presence and is an inveterate blogger for the likes of The Huffington Post, Social Media Today, SantaFe.com and the Southwestern College blog site