The Do's and Don'ts of Social Media for Psychotherapists

Presented by Keely Kolmes, PsyD on 12-07-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Social media presents a variety of clinical and ethical challenges for clinicians who provide face-to-face mental health services. These challenges can include extra-therapeutic contacts between clinicians and their clients. Clinicians must also consider what distinguishes personal from professional activities online. These challenges are compounded when clinicians lack clearly developed policies related to their online behaviors and interactions. 
 
In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Keely Kolmes will discuss how to apply digital ethics to social networking sites and activities. Dr. Kolmes will provide guidelines for anticipating and managing issues that may arise for practitioners who are using social media. Additionally, Dr. Kolmes will address current applicable ethical standards.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Analyze the latest research on clients and clinicians seeking one another’s information on the internet.
  2. Describe several popular social media sites and services. 
  3. Summarize the ethical challenges that may arise from engaging in activities on the internet. 
  4. Assess different approaches and strategies toward social networking and managing one’s online presence. 
  5. Create a social media policy for a practice to address potential ethical issues with clients.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. This homestudy course is cosponsored by Person Centered Techn, LLC. Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

Registration Information

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Mental health professionals who are not members can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95. Sign up here to purchase this CE course and earn a CE certificate.

If the event is canceled by GoodTherapy, registrants who purchased the event will be notified and the charge for the event will be refunded

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Meet the Presenter

Keely Kolmes, PsyD

Keely Kolmes, PsyD

Keely Kolmes, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Kolmes currently serves as Vice Chair on the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association (CPA) and is CPA's elected Council Representative on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Council.

Dr. Kolmes writes, researches, and provides consultation and training on clinical and ethical issues related to social networking and technology. Their Private Practice Social Media Policy has been cited and adapted internationally. They have published a New York Times Op-Ed on the challenge of consumer reviews of mental health services. Dr. Kolmes has also been quoted in The Washington Post, Forbes.com, HuffPost Live, and BBC News on issues related to the internet, ethics, and clinical practice.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.
  • Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

647 CE hours and counting!

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