The integration of psychology and social media is an important topic to me. I think Blogging, Twitter and other forms of social networking can bring exciting opportunities to share information, counter stigma and collaborate. Social media has in fact provided me with a way to connect to other clinicians very much interested in how to manage their online presence productively and ethically!
As a psychologist with an online presence, I am also sensitive to the ramifications of involvement in social media on the therapeutic frame and relationship. What does it mean to a client to encounter their therapist on the Internet? How do we as therapists separate our personal and professional online presences? How do we keep up with the ever-changing online environment and its impact on privacy and therapy boundaries? This are some of the questions I ponder, and I am delighted to find other therapists to have these conversations with.
Dr. Keely Kolmes writes extensively about the implications of social media involvement for therapists and consumers of psychotherapy services at her blog, Mindful Musings. In the wake of privacy-related changes in Facebook and Google services, we began a conversation about our concerns and approaches to social networking as clinicians.
You can read about that conversation over at her blog: People in Your Social Circle: Dr. Kathleen Young Chats with me About Social Networking Challenges for Clinicians.
Kolmes, K. (2010) People in Your Social Circle: Dr. Kathleen Young Chats with me About Social Networking Challenges for Clinicians. Retrieved 6/8/2010 from http://drkkolmes.com/2010/06/07/people-in-your-social-circle-dr-kathleen-young-chats-with-me-about-social-networking-challenges-for-clinicians/.