Online Social Media and the Group Psychotherapist:What the Internet Means for All of Us AGPA Saturday March 5, 2011 Early Bird Open Sessions7:45 – 8:45 A.M. Session 223
To Friend or Not to Friend The Pros and Cons ofCommunication With Clients Online Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the positive and negative aspects of electronic communication with clients?
Boundary crossings vs. Boundary violations Deviation from traditional, strict, “only in the office,” forms of therapy Issues of self disclosure, length and place of sessions, physical touch, activities outside the office, gift exchange, social and other non-therapeutic contact and various forms of dual relationships
Boundary Crossings vs. Boundary Violations Harmful boundary violations Violation of professional practice Prospectively assess this crossing might retrospectively viewed by professional ethics committees
Utilizing Email Correspondence as an Adjunct to Face-to-Face Meetings Dis-inhibition when not F2F Use of transference and countertransference