As I have a social media presence as well as being a Clinical Psychologist registered with AHPRA, I feel I have to outline how I engage with social media in order to be transparent and consistent. I also have to comply to certain rules and ethical obligations when conducting myself on the Internet.
Friending and Following
I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any personal social networking site under my name Sarah Craig as this may compromise our confidentiality agreement. I want to respect your privacy and create boundaries that allows you to feel safe in therapy.
You are welcome to view my public Facebook page Time To Pause or my website of the same name. I have no expectation that you will follow it and if you want to discuss it we can do so in session.
I will also not follow back any current or former clients on any social media forum. Again, it is about respecting privacy. It would be crossing over the ethical boundaries of censent and may have a negative impact on our therapeutic relationships.
If you are a client and would like to contact me in between sessions, please do so via email. I do not respond to social networking site messages.I may not be able to read these messages in a timely manner and I also am not able to document them as clinical notes which I am obliged to do as a psychologist.
I prefer using email only to arrange or modify appointments. If you choose to communicate with me by email, be aware that all emails are retained in the logs of your and my Internet service providers. You should also know that any emails I receive from you and any responses that I send to you become a part of your legal record.
In the End
Thank you for taking the time to review my Social Media Policy. If you have questions or concerns about any of these policies and procedures or regarding our potential interactions on the Internet, please do bring them to my attention so that we can discuss them.