Social Media and Counseling

Social media seems like it is a platform that prompts conversation in many arenas from the gossip of popular culture, to building the reputation of small business. That being said, it is possible that social media in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest could have a presence in counseling, as well.

Of course, the use of these social media outlets could look very different in the context of counseling. Just to be completely clear, I would not gossip about clients on Facebook. However, it is interesting to think about how it could be used in the context of career development and helping clients make career decisions.

One idea that comes to mind is the use of Pinterest. I’m aware that people use Pinterest in different ways, but the idea of creating a Pinterest board could serve a purpose in developing an increased sense of self-knowledge with a client.

For example, if a client is looking to increase their awareness  interests, it could be beneficial to have them create an “interest board” to brainstorm ideas and to start a conversation in session. It is also possible that a counselor could ask to look at a client’s Pinterest board that has already been created in session (with their permission) to help them identify themes that exist within their interests, values, or skills. This is just one idea of how social media could be used as a counselor, but I’m sure that more implications will continue to be discussed with the growth of technology in counseling.

pinterst board


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