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ERIC Number: EJ912086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1923-6182
Ethical Considerations of Social Networking for Counsellors
Bratt, William Edgar Vernon
Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, v44 n4 p335-345 2010
The use of online social networking websites has increased among Canadians in recent years. There are many professional and ethical implications for counsellors who use these sites (Boyd, 2007). Although they offer advantages to counsellors, their use can also raise issues around ethical conduct. Because the counselling literature has not yet addressed these issues, this article draws on literature in other disciplines. A variety of issues are discussed using multidisciplinary references. The author concludes that online social networks are valuable tools for connecting with friends and loved ones, but that competent practitioners should be aware of the ethical concerns inherent to their use.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada