HIPAA, Social Media, and Technology
A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Chapter 3: An Introduction to Social Media Standards for Mental Health Professionals
Part 1: Social Media Risks for Social Workers
On Conflicts of Interest

As you probably already know, the NASW Code of Ethics encourages that social workers avoid all possible conflicts of interest. In the realm of social media, that may mean…

  • Encouraging online friends and family members to seek professional counsel elsewhere if they write to you with problems.
  • Don't engage in business, political, or romantic relationships online with past or current clients. That may mean avoiding friend requests from clients on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The NASW prohibits engaging in business, political, or romantic relationships online with past or current clients.

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