Description: The objective of this course is to help mental health clinician understand some key issues and concerns related to the use of social networks and e-communication by mental health clinicians.   When the trainee completes this course, he/she will: 

  1. Define online social networking: its features, controls, uses and misuses
  2. Address the role of social networking in clinical practice in advancing professional, organizational and therapeutic goals
  3. Identify ethical considerations inherent in professional social networking
  4. Identify the risks involved in using social networking sites
  5. Apply emerging considerations of privacy and informed consent as they related to electronic modes of communication with clients and other professionals

This course is primarily designed for clinicians early in their career, or for clinicians reviewing basic concepts of ethical decision making.

This course was written by Charles D. Safford, LCSW, is President of, Inc., with guidance and input from other senior, Inc. course developers and from NASW GA. Mr. Safford has over 20 years of post-master’s experience as a clinician, and has over fifteen years of experience as a training developer and trainer in business and clinical settings. A live version of this course was presented at the 2001 annual conference of NASW GA.



Approvals: has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6071. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs., Inc., provider #1104, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit., Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 11/15/2020 to 11/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours. 

This course is approved for 3 contact hours by the following certifying bodies:

The National Association of Social Workers through approval by NASW GA

States with their own approval process:

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number, BAP #50-2193