ACA Podcast Series


Since 2008, ACA has provided a series of podcasts aimed to help you save time and money as you strive to stay well-informed on professional issues.

These podcasts—prerecorded interviews posted on the ACA website—can be downloaded to your computer so that you can listen to them at your convenience while at home or work. They also can be added to your iPod for use while taking a walk, on the treadmill, in the car, or whenever you have time.

Most podcasts offer opportunities to earn Continuing Education credits. If you are interested in earning CE credits click here.  

The podcasts can also be accessed by visiting our Professional Development Center

Transcripts for select podcasts can be found here.

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HT058 - Ethics and Social Media

Dr. Michelle Wade

Podcast transcript available by clicking here.

Dr. Michelle Wade discusses the ethical use of social media in counseling.  Citing the ACA Code of Ethics often throughout this podcast, Dr. Wade provides a simpler understanding of complex issues including: social media and informed consent, the fact that skype is not HIPPA-compliant, and various positive uses of social media as a counseling tool.

Speaker: Michelle E. Wade, Ed.D. NCC, ACS, LCPC-S holds the position of Ethics Specialist of the American Counseling Association. She is licensed as a professional counselor in Maryland and Virginia. Her research agenda is focused on the use of technology within counseling, and more specifically the use of social media within counseling. She has presented at numerous conferences, participated in ACA leadership opportunities, and has co-authored an article on the subject of ethical and legal issues regarding the use of social media in counseling, and contributed a chapter on technology in Levitt and Moorhead’s Values and Ethics in Counseling: Real-Life Ethical Decision Making.

Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions:

  1. Why should clinicians consider using social media within the counseling process?
  2. What are some considerations if a counselor does engage with clients through social media?
  3. How do counselors maintain the professional boundaries necessary if engaging in the use of social media?
  4. Can the therapeutic relationship be enhanced or hindered through the use of social media?
  5. What type of social media is best suited to use with clients?
  6. Do counselors need to have a social media policy?
  7. Can counselors view their clients’ social media profiles?
  8. What about the social media effect? People exaggerate on social media, therefore how can clinicians trust the information?
  9. Social media is more of a generational thing, is it not?
  10. Do counselors need specialized training to use social media?

Running time: 57:37

MP3, 39.57 MB

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