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“I Googled You!” Staying Clinically Centered in an Online World

  • April 27, 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • UW School of Social Work 4101 15th Ave NE Room 305 A&B Seattle 98105


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"I Googled You!" 
Staying Clinically Centered in an Online World
 Laura W. Groshong, LICSW

Presented by the 
The Coalition of Mental Health Professionals & Consumers
Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work

About The Conference: 
Almost everyone in the world today, including clinical social workers, has some king of online identity. Mindful crafting of our online identities is crucial to developing solid treatment relationships in which treatment boundaries are maintained. An awareness of the meaning of Internet communication with clients is also necessary. What has come to be known as “social media” or websites which allow people to discuss in varying levels of detail their personal and public lives has changed the world. Clinical Social Workers need to be as mindful as possible about the impact their Internet identities can have upon their clinical work. When a new or ongoing client says, “I googled you” it can have many meanings all of which may be important in the treatment process. There are clear clinical implications to virtual communications. Being mindful of the meaning of your online presence as a form of self-disclosure is a responsibility all clinical social workers need to consider.

Conference Objectives:
1. Provide an overview of professional and personal websites and the possible impact on treatment 
2. Review meanings and possible complications of Internet communication between clients and clinical social workers.
3. Apply codes of ethics, state and federal laws/rules concerning client privacy to the use of the Internet:
  A) By patients and clinical social workers to find          information about each other.
  B) As a means of communication between patients and  clinical social workers.

About the Presenter: 

Laura Groshong, LICSW, BCD earned her Masters in Social Work in 1974 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and received advanced training in Adult Psychotherapy at Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute. She has been in private practice with individuals, couples, and families for 32 years.

Since 1996, she has worked as a Registered Lobbyist in the state of Washington for eight mental health groups, passing several bills promoting access to mental health treatment. Since 2006, she has served as Director of Government Relations for the Clinical Social Work Association, a national organization which advocates on behalf of clinical social workers.

Ms. Groshong has written several articles on legislative activity and co-authored social work licensure laws in ten states. Published in 2009 her book, Clinical Social Work Regulation and Practice, compares clinical social work licensure laws and scopes of practice across all states and jurisdictions in the US.

Conference Schedule
Saturday, April 27, 2013
8:30 – 9:00 am Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 12:30 pm Clinical Presentation
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 – 4:15 pm Clinical Presentations
4:15 – 4:30 pm Evaluations and CEU's 

Continuing Education Credits
Six Ethics CEUs offered: LICSWs, LMFTs, LMHCs, PhDs, ARPNs, and CCs.

Cancellation Policy  
Fees refunded minus a $30 administrative charge up to April 7, 2013. No refunds given after April 7, 2013.

University of Washington 
School of Social Work, Room 305 A&B
4101 15th Ave NE
Seattle  98105

Directions, Map & Parking Information: Found on the WSSCSW website in the "Professional Development/Clinical Conference"  section & in the registration confirmation email. 

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**If you register and are unable to attend, please keep us informed so we can properly adjust our reservation. It is important as we engage in the community WSSCSW is regarded as good stewards of the places that we meet.

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 Renton, WA 98058 •

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