How to Maintain a Responsible and Ethical Online Presence as a Mental Health Practitioner

Presented by DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LPC, DCC on 08-03-2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 10:30 a.m. Pacific (1:30 p.m. Eastern)

With the growth of the Internet, Web 2.0, and interactive social media, many counselors are having a difficult time keeping up with the ethics of maintaining an ethical online presence. Many Codes of Ethics representing the major mental health disciplines have not incorporated the use of social media. Because of the need to establish ground rules regarding such use, the Online Therapy Institute has created the Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals.

This introductory web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe Social Media and Web 2.0 concepts including the use of social media and social networking for collaboration and/or marketing efforts;
  2. Determine when social networking efforts may result in dual relationships with those in therapy;
  3. Identify the risks of sharing information on the Internet in unencrypted and non-therapeutic environments;
  4. List the possible risks of maintaining profiles on directories that rate therapy services and promote the use of testimonials and feedback from people in therapy.

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References:

  1. Anthony, K. & Goss, S. (2009). Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy 3rd Edition including Guidelines for Online Supervision. BACP Publishing, Rugby
  2. Anthony, K. & Nagel, D.M. (2009). Online therapy: A practical guide. Sage Publishing: London.
  3. Kolmes, K. (2010, February 1). Private Practice Social Media Policy. (Retrieved October 26 2010) from http://www.drkkolmes.com/docs/socmed.pdf
  4. Kolmes, K., Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2011). “An Ethical Framework for the Use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals”. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, Vol 1 (3): 20-29 http://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docs/issue3/20
  5. Nagel, D.M. & Anthony, K. (2009). Writing therapy using new technologies- the art of blogging. Journal of poetry therapy, 2009, 22(1).

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Meet the Presenter

DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LPC, DCC

DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LPC, DCC

DeeAnna Merz Nagel, LPC, DCC, is a psychotherapist and an international consultant with expertise in online counseling and how the technology affects mental health. She is one of the co-founders of the Online Therapy Institute as well as the Online Coach Institute where training and consultations are offered. She is the Managing Co-Editor of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology, which is a FREE resource for professional coaches and therapists. She has published and presented on topics in regards to the mental health practitioners ethical considerations in the virtual world environment, social networking, and online counseling.

DeeAnna has written several articles and book chapters on mental health and technology. She has also edited and co-authored two text-books.

DeeAnna is a graduate from the University of Georgia with an MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling and currently has a license to practice in New York, Georgia, and New Jersey. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Distance Credentialed Counselor, and Board Certified Coach. She maintains a private practice in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. For more information, please visit her website, here.

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