VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Ethically Assisting Students via Social Media
Janet G. Froeschle, Charles R. Crews, and Jiaqi Li
Social networking creates a new forum for counseling yet poses many ethical challenges. Although educators tout increased student engagement when using social media (Kessler, 2010) and counselors state many advantages to using this cutting edge technology, school counselors realize utilizing social media can pose an ethical grey area. As a result, the use of social media requires much consideration so it is not used in a way that causes harm to individuals or the profession. This article conveys information on the history and prevalence of social media as well as implications of implementing a professional social media page as part of a comprehensive guidance and counseling program in the school setting. A discussion regarding legal and ethical implications is offered to guide school counselors considering the use of social media in counseling.