Social Media Policy
This document outlines my policies related to use of Social Media and interaction with current/ former clients.
If you are a current or former client, please read this page to understand how I conduct myself on the Internet as a mental health professional and how you can expect me to respond to various interactions that may occur between us. My absolute priority is your safety and confidentiality.
Goals of My Website
My website is affiliated with neither my current nor past employment agencies and direct social work practices. View expressed on my blog or any of my social media outlets are my own. That being said, the goal of my website and social media presence is to share resources with fellow helping professionals and social justice advocates.
Any information you see posted on a social networking site, if personal, is widely known about me. It is consistent with my values as a social worker to be appropriately human and accessible. Managing a blend of personal and professional life is a necessary part of my work and especially important in this age of social media. I will never post highly private aspects of my life.
Resources on this website and all social media are never a replacement for face to face advice with a therapist or licensed medical provider. If you are in crisis or distress please contact your regular therapist or crisis service. If you are unaware of crisis services, a worldwide list can be found here.
If you have any questions about anything within this document, I encourage you to contact the agency where we worked together. As new technology develops and the Internet changes, there may be times when I need to update this policy.
I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any social networking site (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc). I believe that adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. I feel it is best to be explicit to all who may view my list of Friends to know that they will not find client names on that list. It may also blur the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship.
You are welcome to view my online content and read or share information posted there, but I do not accept comments from clients. I will also delete any information that may compromise client confidentiality as I become aware of it.
My primary concern is your privacy. If you share this concern, there are private ways to follow my public content on this site, Facebook, or Twitter which would eliminate your having a public link to my content. You are welcome to use your own discretion in choosing whether to follow me. Note that I will not follow you back. I only follow other health professionals, news sources, or organizations, and I do not follow current or former clients.
Please do not attempt to contact me using a social media site. These sites are not secure, and I may not read these messages in a timely fashion. If you do need to reach me, please contact the agency where we last worked together. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact emergency services.
Thank you for taking time to read this policy. My goal is to provide resources while also protecting individuals’ safety and confidentiality.
Jodi Nelan, LCSW LAC
I copied, referenced, or adapted the social media policies from the following authors to create what is written above. Please click on the links to read more. Thanks to all.