Wholeness Healing Center Joins Facebook
We are excited to introduce our new Facebook page. We are hoping to utilize this tool to assist us in communicating information from our newsletter as well as to provide useful resources and information. For those interested, it can serve as a helpful way to keep connected and informed about a variety of topics and services.
While Facebook has demonstrated its usefulness in efficient communication with a large population, it is important to consider various privacy and security issues. As we begin to offer this as a means of communication for the community, our clients, and/or other businesses, we want to be sure to connect informed users to our Facebook page.
For one, we wish to use our Facebook page primarily as a means of linking others to resources and providing information. We ask that all posts and information is respectful of confidentiality for its users. We reserve the right to block or remove any postings or information that compromises this.
The confidentiality of the client of Wholeness Healing Center is important to us. Our Facebook page will not infringe on this as it does not intend to differeniate those who connect as clients versus other community or business members. Choosing to identify oneself as a client or former client within our Facebook link would be solely the choice of the Facebook user and is not recommended. We also ask that the page not be utilized as a means of communicating with your therapist or consultation of therapeutic issues.
For the employees and therapists of Wholeness Healing Center, there are various ethical implications of the use of social networking sites such as Facebook. According to each of our professional ethics, we have an ethical responsibility of privacy and confidentiality. We do not solicit information from our clients unless it relates to the services we are providing. In regards to social networking, we agree not to look up a client’s social profile, webpage, etc. despite access and public viewing of such information. This ethical responsibility will be upheld for all those who chose to associate themselves with our Facebook page.
Another ethical responsibility is that of conflicts of interest in that we are not to engage in dual or multiple relationships with clients or former clients, in which there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client. In regards to Facebook, confirming or ignoring friend requests can, at times present a conflict of interest between a professional and client. With the privacy and boundary issue for both professional and client at stake, we consider this to be very important and handled directly between both parties.
For current or new users to facebook, it is important to understand privacy issues and maintain healthy boundaries. Facebook offers the following general safety tips:
Never share your password with anyone.
Adjust your privacy settings to match your level of comfort and review them often.
Never share your password with anyone and be cautious about posting and sharing personal information-especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your address or telephone number.
Report users and content that violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
Block and report anyone who sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications.
In regards to personal safety, Facebook also offers several guidelines in responding to unwanted messages or Wall posts. It also offers protocols for handling those that may be harassing you, attacking you in Facebook Chat, or cyberbullying. Abusive behavior is also addressed and various links and resources are provided in responding to such issues occurring through Facebook. For detailed privacy and security Facebook policies, please check with the Facebook website.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
- Jody Johnson, LICSW, LIMHP, began working at Wholeness Healing Center as a therapist in 2007. Jody graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with her Masters in Social Work. She received her bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
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