Digital & Social Media Ethics Course (5 CE’s)



Product Description

This 5 hour CE course on Digital and Social Media Ethics is a videotaped presentation from March, 2013 taken at the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association. This course fulfills California’s and other states’ ethics requirements.

Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course also provides CE for California based MFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s, and LEP’s.

Purchase of this video gives you:

  • four downloadable recordings alternating slides with video of the presenter;
  • a 60 page transcript of the entire training, including links to the videos that were shown;
  • the full set of 110 slides in PDF format, one-per-page for easy viewing
  • A May 2015 Update with the current Facebook Privacy Settings and the 2014 ACA Ethics Code sections relevant to our topic which include social media
  • 5 CE‘s for psychologists and California based MFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s, and LEP’s. 

**Note that purchase gives you six downloads (for download to multiple devices) and the download link will be active for 20 days after purchase. The streaming link will be active for 72 hours.

This is an introductory course for psychotherapists of any discipline (psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, etc.). The grievance procedure is included in the online materials.

This course has no commercial support for the program, sponsor, or instructor and there is no other relationship that could reasonably be construed as a conflict of interest. In addition, there is no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants, funding research findings, etc.) that could be construed as a conflict of interest. There is also no commercial support or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, trainings, drugs, etc.)

To receive CE‘s, you will be given a link to an online post-test in which you are required to register your name and license. You must pass this post-test at a 75% rate. There will be a minimum of six questions for each CE offered. No partial credit will be provided if your responses fall below 75% on the test.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  1. Identify various clinical issues that can arise due to online visibility of both clients and clinicians.
  2. Distinguish between your personal and professional activities on the Internet.
  3. Describe the latest research findings on clients and clinicians’ searching for one another’s information on the web.
  4. Identify the ethical challenges that may arise from engaging in activities on the Internet.
  5. Analyze different approaches and strategies towards social networking and managing your online presence.
  6. Construct a Social Media Policy for your office to address potential boundary issues with clients.


The program is broken into four video segments which you can watch at your own pace. The concepts covered include:

  • Part 1: Introduction: Understanding having a social media presence

Google Exercise, Our Web Visibility, and setting up Google Alerts
Removing/correcting information
Public Records

  • Part 2: Introduction to Social Networking

What is it? Why do psychotherapists use it?
Research on psychotherapists seeking client information online
Research on clients seeking psychotherapist information online
Brief intro to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Places (LBS), and G+
Blogging, Personal Ads, Cloud Storage, Email, Videochat
Tips and Hacks for protecting your privacy on these sites
Personal vs. Professional Online Presence

  • Part 3: Focusing on Digital Ethics

General Principles of APA Ethics Code
Informed Consent
Confidentiality & Privacy
Multiple Relationships
Seeking Consultation
Soliciting Testimonials
Clinical and Ethical Vignettes
Tips for Dealing with Online Reviews
Discussion on Googling Clients

  • Part 4: Creating a Social Media Policy Exercise

Please start and stop the video for each section of this exercise and take 10-15 to draft a policy statement that describes your approach to these various potential digital interactions with psychotherapy clients.

Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

This course also provides CE for California based MFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s, and LEP’s. 

The CA BBS accepts continuing education hours from providers approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) for all license types pursuant to Title 16 California Code of Regulations (16CCR) § 1887.4.1(a)(5) &  § 1887.4.3(a)(2).

About the Instructor:

Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. They have offered over 80 Continuing Education courses on digital and social media ethics, internationally, since 2010. Dr. Kolmes currently is serving as Chair on the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association. They are a member of the 2014 class of the APA Leadership Institute of Women Psychologists. They are also the Council Representative for California Psychological Association at APA 2017 – 2019. Dr. Kolmes has co-authored the 5th revision of Ed Zuckerman’s The Paper Office released in November 2016.

Dr. Kolmes writes, does research, and provides consultation and training on clinical and ethical issues related to social networking and technology. Their Private Practice Social Media Policy has been internationally taught and adapted across health disciplines.  They have published a New York Times Op-Ed on the challenge of consumer reviews of mental health services and developed Getting Better, a product to help clinicians track treatment outcomes and address client satisfaction on the Internet. Dr. Kolmes has been quoted in The Washington Post, Forbes, WIRED, BBC News, and HuffPostLive.

Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no known commercial support for this CE program or instructor.

Cost & Refund/Cancellation Policy:

This course is currently offered at a price of $50.

Since this is an online product and you gain immediate access to the product, there are no refunds and all sales are final.

If you purchased this item by mistake, please contact me immediately to discuss a refund.

When you purchase this course, you will be taken to a PayPal page which should automatically redirect you back to this store to download your purchase. IF YOU ARE NOT REDIRECTED BACK, rest assured that if you have difficulty navigating back to the store, your receipt will be emailed to you and it includes links to all purchases. 

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Contact me directly at drkkolmes [at] gmail [dot] com if you experience any problems with downloads, videos, or any other matter.

Group or Institutional Purchase?

This course is priced for individual purchase. Please contact me for a bulk discount code or if you want to show this to a large group. I will offer a reasonable bulk discount but it will be priced per number of attendees.