Oct 1 – To Tweet or Not to Tweet

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Ethics for Therapists in a Digital Age

Workshop Information

Date: Sunday, Oct 1, 2016 – Sign-In: 1:45pm – Workshop: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (GPS Device Address: 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Cost: $59 early registration through Sept 24, $69 after Sept 24

**$52 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more**

Presenter: Alida Gibson, LCPC

CEU Credits: 3 Maryland & DC Social Work Category 1 ETHICS CEUs**

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Alida D. Gibson is a LCPC specializing in trauma, grief and loss and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  She has always had a desire to be a teacher and trainer as well as a therapist. She began her work in the mental health field as a paraprofessional working as a crisis hotline worker with the Frederick County Hotline in Frederick, MD. During her eight years in that placement, Alida moved from volunteer all the way to Training and Outreach Coordinator. From there, Alida moved from doing phone work to working in a face-to-face capacity with the local Domestic Violence Shelter- Heartly House in Frederick, MD. Alida utilized the in-person hands-on opportunities there to give her the out of class experience she craved as she was pursuing her Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health at McDaniel College. After receiving her License, Alida began seeing clients on a part time basis privately in Frederick, MD, seeing clients, mostly, who have experienced a life trauma- if that be from domestic violence/ sexual assault, military experience, or grieving the loss of a loved one or position/status. In addition to the above foundations, Alida has taught at Frederick Community College and Shepherd University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Department at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Alida has a true love for people and helping them achieve betterment. She truly believes that her teaching and counseling are what she was meant to do. Alida believes that each of the careers allows for her to grow in the other making each stronger and above all it allows her to connect to people and that makes it all worthwhile.

Workshop Description

How can we be more accessible to our clients in many different areas of social media while maintaining ethical standards and confidentiality? This workshops is geared toward helping you, as the practitioner, be more communication savvy in this time of changing technology.  You will gain a better understanding of the challenges our digital world imposes on clinicians and you will leave more prepared to handle them as you navigate the realm of social media.

Workshop Objectives

1. Describe ethical and practice related challenges associated with use of technology and social networking sites.

2. Distinguish between one’s personal and professional activities on the Internet.

3. List the risks and benefits associated with the use of technology.

4. Develop strategies for minimizing risk of ethical violations using electronic communication and social media.

5. Construct a Social Media Policy for your office to address potential boundary issues with clients.

Workshop Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **