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Social Media

Social media (e.g., personal Facebook pages, personal Twitter accounts, LinkedIn) are widely used, appropriate, and efficient for various settings; however, their use between faculty members and students and between student counselors and their clients is prohibited. This policy is designed to promote ethical and fair treatment with clear and sound boundaries among students, clients, and faculty members. The ACA Code of Ethics addresses use of social media that further supports this policy in several codes, including A.5.e., H.6.a., and H.6.d. The use of social media among students and field experience site staff, coworkers, peer counselors, etc., is strongly discouraged as is use of social media to post, discuss, or vent about any aspects related to the field experience site, its staff, and those clients served.