Why You'll Love This Course

Many therapists struggle with social media, even as we are active on social. We wrestle with how much time to spend there, and how much information about ourselves to make public.

Course Description

In this course, you'll learn about the concerns associated with social media in mental health -- and how to work within your legal and ethical boundaries to create a social media presence that is worthwhile.

Relevant ethical standards of various mental health professional associations are discussed, alongside discussion of specific risks associated with social media. Specific example posts are used to illustrate those risks. The course concludes with discussion of policy options for those wishing to actively address social media issues in their practice.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate at least two risks to clients when social media boundaries are unclear

  • Articulate at least two risks to therapists when social media boundaries are unclear

  • Develop or update their own social media policies in accordance with current standards

Course Outline

1. Concerns

2. Ethical Guidelines

3. Recommendations

4. A Possible Exception 

5. Policy Language Options


References

Reviews

Relevant and Helpful

Heather Janz

If you are wondering how social media can affect or help your practice as a mental health professional, you should take this course! Ben Caldwell was a good choice to have as a presenter. The online course was easily accessible and I watched it on...

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If you are wondering how social media can affect or help your practice as a mental health professional, you should take this course! Ben Caldwell was a good choice to have as a presenter. The online course was easily accessible and I watched it on my own time.

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Good information about ethical social media practices

jamie Dana

The videos in this series were well done and informative. It would be nice if the text was written out as well to help with retention of information.

The videos in this series were well done and informative. It would be nice if the text was written out as well to help with retention of information.

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Instructor

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. He has taught at the graduate level for more than 15 years, primarily in Law and Ethics, and has written and trained extensively on ethical applications in mental health care. In addition to serving a three-year term on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Caldwell served as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California for 10 years. He served as Editor for the Users Guide to the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics and is the author of several books, including Saving Psychotherapy and Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.

Dr. Caldwell has written extensively on ethics and technology in mental health care. He chaired the AAMFT workgroup that produced Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 64 minutes

Topic Area:

Law and Ethics

NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 8: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development

Instructional Level:

Intermediate

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. The course completion quiz can be retaken multiple times until passed.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and substance abuse counselors.

Enrollment Period: 

90 Days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course published: December 05, 2018
Course reviewed: October 26, 2020

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

Click here to see our policies on attendance, refunds, grievances, and accessibility, and other frequently asked questions. Click here to contact us or submit a grievance.

Contact Information:

For any inquiries related to subject matter guidance, correction, grading, comments, or problem resolution please contact us.

System Requirements:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 6 hours of continuing education (6 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education credits in the Ethics topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice 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-0582. 

SimplePractice 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-0091.

SimplePractice 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 mental health counselors. #MHC-0206.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.


This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 Hour CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.