Long gone are the days when professional counselors could ethically speak publically about their clients simply by stripping away all of the identifying information.
These days, discussing a client at all – with or without identifying information – is not only unethical, it is also considered to be illegal unless you have your clients informed consent to do so.
Admittedly, not all mental health disciplines codes of ethics are this strict concerning a client’s right to confidentiality; however, the current trend appears to be moving in exactly this direction.
Mental health professionals who are active on social media seem to be particularly vulnerable to crossing this boundary.
That’s why I was tickled to talk about this with my colleague and friend, Rob Reinhardt as he prepared to write Technology Tutor: Thinking about Discussing Clients Online? Think Twice for Counseling Today.
I’m curious . . . .
Do you have examples of therapists going “over the line” that you can share with us here?
And, what do you take into consideration before you speak or write about a client in a public space?