Ethical Blurb

 

Some of you who come to this site are friends, or relatives, or co-workers. Others of you are strangers. And some of you are past, current, or future clients. The Disclaimer below is for all of you. The Social Media Policy that follows is mostly for those persons who have been, currently are, or one day will be entering into a professional relationship with me. Please take time to familiarize yourself with my policies.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this blog is for educational purposes only, and is provided to raise awareness, promote healthy, choices, and expose individuals to information they otherwise may not be knowledgeable of. Professionals, consumers, and the general public may benefit from this information. However, reading and/or participating on this blog does not constitute the establishment of a therapist-client relationship. This blog also does not and can not provide professional psychological services, nor can it substitute for obtaining psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified professional.

If you think you may have a medical or psychological emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Links to external sources are provided solely as a courtesy to blog visitors. Sara is not responsible for and does not endorse in any way the materials, information, goods or services available through such linked sites, or any of their privacy or other practices.

Social Media Policy

The widespread use of social media and the ease of virtual connection has changed the way we interact. The Internet can be a great tool for connecting people to resources and educational material. It can also damage or impede our professional relationship.

Please read the following policies in order to understand how I conduct myself on the Internet and how you can expect me to respond to various interactions that may occur between us. If you have any questions about this, please ask.

Friending

I do not accept friend or contact requests from current or former clients on any personal social networking sites. Adding clients as friends or contacts on these sites can compromise your confidentiality and our respective privacy. It also blurs the boundaries of our therapeutic relationship.

Following

I have no expectation that you will want to follow my blog, Twitter stream, or professional Facebook page. However, if you use an easily recognizable name and I happen to notice that you’ve followed or liked me, we may briefly discuss its impact on our working relationship.

My primary concern is your privacy, so please use your own discretion in choosing whether to follow me.

Also, note that I will not follow you back or interact with you on these sites. Viewing of clients’ online content outside of the therapy hour can create confusion, have a negative influence on our working relationship, and violate your privacy. If there are things from your online life that you wish to share with me, please bring them to our sessions.

Interacting

Please do not use messaging on social networking sites to contact me. These sites are not secure and I may not read these messages in a timely fashion. Do not use wall postings, @replies, or other means of engaging with me in public online if we have an already established client/therapist relationship. Engaging with me this way could compromise your confidentiality. It may also create the possibility that these exchanges become a part of your legal medical record and will need to be documented and archived in your chart.

If you need to contact me between sessions, the best way to do so is by phone or text message. Direct email at saramckeown@hotmail.com is also acceptable. However, please see the email section below for more information regarding email interactions.

Email

I prefer using email only to arrange or modify appointments, as most forms of email are not completely secure or confidential.

If you have questions or concerns about any of these policies and procedures, please bring them to my attention so we can discuss them.