Technology and Social Media in Counseling

Friday, April 1, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #770, Room 210E, Poster 10
What Google Tells Us About Counseling: Deciphering 10 Years of Search Patterns
30-Minute Poster Session
Liane Pereira, Lynne Randall, Lynne Randall
Unsure how to advertise your practice on the Internet? Afraid that buying advertisements might be a waste of money? You might be surprised to learn that people search for counselors twice as much in January as in December. People are also more likely to search for counselors if they live in the U.S. South than people who live in the U.S. Northeast. Using Google analytics, the presenters will clear trends about searches related to our profession and how you can use this information to market yourself effectively.


Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #775, Room 210E, Poster 3
Facing Up to Facebook: Digital Dilemmas for Counselors
30-Minute Poster Session
Sandra S. Lee, Hailey A. Arbus
What if a client wants to “friend” the counselor on Facebook? What are the considerations when a counselor wants to search a client on the Internet? What if a client wants to post a “selfie” with his counselor on his Facebook page? This proposal presents emerging ethical dilemmas in the area of social media, especially Facebook, with a focus on privacy, boundaries, and informed consent. Real-life digital dilemmas encountered with the use of Facebook are discussed in each of these three areas. Guidelines are proposed.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Program ID #793, Room 210E, Poster 9
Willingness To Participate in Online Counseling and Computer Security Concerns
30-Minute Poster Session
Mary M. Livingston, Margaret L. Hindman, Christopher D. Coleman
This research examines the relationships among information security behaviors, computer anxiety, and attitudes toward participating in a variety of types of online counseling (videoconferencing, synchronous chat, and asynchronous e-mail). Using Amazon M-Turk’s sample of individuals who are generally more comfortable functioning in an Internet environment, it contrasts views of online therapies with those of in-office, face-to-face therapies. These results inform counselors of potential client concerns.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Program ID #817, Room 210E, Poster 9
Utilizing Instant Communication Technology To Express Gratitude: An Intervention
30-Minute Poster Session
Margaret L. Hindman
The gratitude visit is a positive psychology intervention in which people send a letter to someone they feel thankful for. This study tested an adaptation that replaced letters and visits with instant technology gratitude notes. A control group sent notes of recent events and another journaled. Compared to controls, the gratitude intervention affected optimism and social connectedness, but not distress or loneliness, nor life satisfaction. Aspects of well-being, distress, and social connectedness improved for all groups.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Program ID #830, Room 210E, Poster 10
“Selfies”: The Relationship Between Young Adults and the Desire To Feel Liked
30-Minute Poster Session
Stacey Diane A. Litam, Paula J. Britton, Victoria Giegerich, Martina Moore
Have you ever wondered what influences “selfie” posting behavior? “Selfies,” or the act of posting a self-taken photograph on social media sites, is a popular concept that continues to gain increasing popularity within young adults. This poster session offers new research to the field regarding the purpose and effects of “selfie” posting behaviors on the well-being of young adults.


Saturday, April 2, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
CSI Session
Program ID #866, Room 210E, Poster 10
There's an App for That: The Use of Social Media for Professional Counselor Advocacy
30-Minute Poster Session
Christopher Belser, Stacy M. Van Horn
This poster session will highlight the burgeoning role of social media in professional counselor advocacy. The presenters will synthesize counselor advocacy resources (the ACA Advocacy Competencies, the Chi Sigma Iota professional advocacy tips, and Trusty and Brown’s advocacy model for school counselors) with literature supporting professional use of common social media applications to provide strategies and tips for counselors, counselor educators, and graduate students.


Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Program ID #889, Room 210E, Poster 9
Digital Addictive Behaviors: Tethered to Technology
30-Minute Poster Session
Marisa Cargill, Sarah Noble
Can you go a day without Internet access? Can your clients? In today’s society, the influence of technology has become almost completely inescapable. This poster session will explore research related to technology use and its effects on mental health. Additionally, the presenters will link digital addictive behaviors to the DSM-5 suggested diagnosis of Internet Gaming Disorder. This session also will educate attendees on ways to plan treatment with clients working toward overcoming their digital addictive behaviors.