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Social Media Policy
Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Conselor
Certified Trauma Therapist
This policy governs the use of social media by Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC, and sets clear boundaries for the client’s she provides professional healthcare services. For the purposes of this policy social media means any facility for online publication and commentary, including without limitation blogs, public directories, and social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Támara will only respond to comments on articles, professional blogs, and/or podcast interviews if there is not a pre-existing relationship, in accordance with the ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association (ACA). The ACA states that Professionally Licensed Counselors (LPC) are prohibited from engaging in unnecessary and potentially exploitive dual relationships while providing professional services. A dual relationship is any relationship in which a state licensed professional is providing therapeutic services while also engaging with the individual in another capacity (e.g., providing therapy services and acting as a client’s personal friend). Clients and families are subject to this policy to the extent they identify themselves as clients of Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC.
This policy is subject to changes and if changes occur, you will be provided with the updated policy.
It is acceptable to read articles and magazines that are published on social media by Támara Hill, LPC. It is not, however, acceptable to follow, friend, or comment on the articles, blog posts, guest articles, tweets, podcasts, or public directories of Támara Hill, LPC. In order to maintain client confidentiality, safety, and boundaries, it is the sole right and purpose of Támara Hill, MS, LPC to reject or deny comments or requests for following, pinning, or friending.
Protecting privacy and upholding professional ethics
Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC does not accept requests via twitter, Pinterest, or Linkedin from clients or family members of clients for the sole purpose of protecting privacy and upholding the professional ethics of the profession. Engaging in a dual relationship via social media will blur the boundaries within the therapeutic relationship.
Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC maintains her own professional blog, social media accounts, and website and has been invited to be interviewed internationally to provide psycho-education on mental health. Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC reserves the right to block or limit the access of clients to this kind of information as deemed necessary to ensure the therapeutic relationship is not compromised.
Pennsylvania State Ethics Code 49.72.
Responsibilities to clients/patients informs licensed professional counselors (LPC’s) that “Licensees shall have a primary obligation to protect the client’s/patient’s right to confidentiality and privacy as established by law and professional standards of practice.”
My signature below confirms that I am in agreement with the above statements.
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Tamara Hill, MS, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor