Updated Social Media Policy, 2020!
I have completely updated and revised my policy. This updated policy is for sale only. You can find the “Dr. Kolmes’s 2020 Updated Private Practice Social Media Policy,” in my store.
But, even better, you can also purchase my “Dr. Kolmes’s Annotated Private Practice Social Media Policy,” which includes footnotes from APA, ACA, NASW, CAMFT, AAMFT and APA (for psychiatrists). This is priced slightly higher and can also be purchased in my store.
The annotated version is also available for Continuing Education credit with Zur Institute. You can read a copy of my updated policy, get CE credit, and find out what your own ethics code says about online interactions with clients.
You can also find a copy in my updated Digital Ethics course at Zur Institute.
And the original social media policy, below, will always be available for free as with the Creative Commons license. If you care to donate, however, your contribution would be much appreciated.
Since 2010, my Private Practice Social Media Policy has been internationally cited across health and medical disciplines and used as a teaching tool in various venues and by various respected organizations. I have made my Social Media Policy available to all clinicians who want to modify or adapt it for their practice. I have never asked for any compensation for this.
Clinicians frequently ask me if they may view or use the Private Practice Social Media Policy that I share with my clients as part of our treatment agreement. This policy explains how I conduct myself on the Internet and how I will respond to potential online interactions that may occur between my clients and myself.
My Social Media Policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. This means you are welcome to copy or adapt this policy to suit your own practice needs. If you use my policy for training or educational purposes, you must cite me as the original author. My copyright specifies that you may not use this work for commercial purposes. You are welcome to download a pdf of the policy.
Now, I am offering a donate button in case you would like to make a financial contribution for using my policy. Thank you for anything you contribute!
How I Developed My Policy
When I made my policy public, I was featured in On Good Authority’s CE program on Social Media. Here is a brief sound clip from that interview.