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  • 1. 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
  • 2. To Friend or Not to Friend
    The Pros and Cons ofCommunication
    With Clients Online
    Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP
    shariyb@aol.com
  • 3. What are the positive and negative aspects of electronic communication with clients?
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Boundary Crossings vs. Boundary Violations
    Harmful boundary violations
    Violation of professional practice
    Prospectively assess this crossing might retrospectively viewed by professional ethics committees
  • 6. Utilizing Email Correspondence as an Adjunct to Face-to-Face Meetings
    Dis-inhibition when not F2F
    Use of transference and countertransference
  • 7.
  • 8. Utilizing email correspondence as an adjunct to face-to-face meetings
    Writing down one’s thoughts is a powerful tool
    Redirect written communication back into the individual or group session
  • 9. Email – positives and negatives
    Appointment planning
    Billing
    Serious discussions
    Writing about traumatic events
    Sharing of media, jokes, photographs, articles, etc.
  • 10.
  • 11. Email – positives and negatives
    Can miss cues
    Not everyone can write fluently
    Cut and paste issues
    Delayed email response
    Choice of font style
    Change in tone or message frequency
  • 12. FacebookandOther Social Networking Sites
    Major privacy and boundary crossing issues
    How private to keep one’s information
  • 13.
  • 14. To Google or not to Google?
    Review the web site of a patient?
    Conduct an online search?
  • 15. To Google or not to Google?
    Therapist personal information
    Blog
    Website
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
  • 16. Risks of Online Interaction
    Boundary issues
    Time
    Privacy of clients
    Privacy of therapist
    What if Googled?
  • 17.
  • 18. HIPPA Considerations
  • 19. Skype / Video Conferencing with Clients
    Place, timing, distractions
    Primary therapy experience
    Mootu
    Useful adjunct to F2F sessions
  • 20. Financial Issues
    PayPal
    Check mailing