Creating a Strong Digital Presence on Social Media: Professionally, Ethically, and Creatively

Excited to announce this Philadelphia workshop hosted by Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Creative Arts Therapies Department on December 15, 10-4 pm with 5 CEs, including content in ethics— There is still time to register if you are interested in attending this offering in-person or online via Zoom live webcast.

This workshop presents practical content for creative arts therapists to consider for creating and maintaining a strong digital presence through the use of social media professionally, ethically, and creatively.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Digital boundaries
  • e-Professionalism
  • The impact of ones digital footprint
  • Introduction to ethical frameworks to help inform professional social media activity
  • Important strategies for promoting a presence online aligning with ones work, passions, values, and career interests.
  • Content delivered through lecture, discussion, and creative experientials.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Recognize 3 competences for developing an ethical and professional digital presence
  • Learn 3 strategies for professionally sharing content on social media
  • Identify 3 ethical frameworks and strategies to consider for professional social media use as a mental health professional

Fall Workshops Inspired by The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media

Coming this fall….. Workshops inspired by the The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media:

As part of the 2018 Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City, Social Media, The Arts, and Community Engaged Projects (October 12, 7-9 pm) explores the power of the arts and how creative, interactive community based projects using social media can motivate positive change, hope, and well being. Public projects inspired by abandonment art, random acts of kindness, and other creative deeds not only motivate art making, enhance emotional development, and support compassionate acts, but also offer meaningful opportunities to connect and positively influence others that their art comes into contact with, both on and offline. As a result, this inspiration has the possibility to keep spreading its creative message from person to person. Participants will be introduced to art-based projects and experience how-to ideas for implementing this kind of creative chain reaction for use in treatment with clients and ways to facilitate this approach within a therapeutic context for individuals, groups, or communities.  Registration is now open here.

Social Media and Art Therapists: Exploring Our Digital Footprint and Presence Online (November 3, 10:15-11:45 am) will be offered at the 2018 American Art Therapy Association Conference in Miami, Florida.  This workshop invites art therapists to consider and reflect upon the impact of our digital footprint and its influence. Through didactic presentation, experiential art-making, and group discussion attendees will be encouraged to explore topics that foster an awareness about creating a digital presence online that aligns with ones goals, passions, values, and career interests.  Pre-registration required and space availability is limited. Advanced registration is open online until 9/28 via http://www.arttherapyconference.com

Also being included this fall as part of Southwestern College’s Masters in Art Therapy/Counseling Professional Ethics Course and the college’s Masters in Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals, will be an online webinar/guest lecture for students about Social Media and E-Professionalism Considerations for Art TherapistsThis 30 minute webinar presents how art therapists can create a strong professional digital presence through the use of social media. Topics explored include:

  • Digital ecosystems
  • E-professionalism
  • Online disinhibition effect
  • The art of creating a professional digital presence
  • Digital footprint considerations

If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate this webinar or guest lecture into any of your art therapy coursework, please submit an information request here.

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Past 2018 Events

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Spring 2018 Events

There are a couple of events taking place this spring inspired by The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media:

On the campus of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania on Monday, April 16 I will be presenting a free community lecture sponsored by the school’s undergraduate art therapy program. The evening event (6-7:30 pm) also includes 1.5 free continuing education credits (CEU sign in and registration 5:15-6 pm) available for ATR-BCs, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.

Social Media: Connection, Community, and Creativity will explore how social media can enhance and strengthen professional engagement, collegial relationships, and creative practice. Discover how, as mental health professionals we can take a meaningful look at some of the challenges and benefits that social media can have on the clients we serve, the therapeutic relationship, and how to best navigate social media with purpose and responsibility in our own use. The significance and value of digital community for professionals will also be explored and its role in building knowledge, cultivating collegiate relationships and exchange, support, and professional identity. Finally, the role of how social media sites can also support creative drive, artist identity, and enthusiasm for art making and art-based endeavors will be presented. Meet the author and book signing to follow the event.

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This all day workshop on Saturday, April 28 is presented by the New York Art Therapy Association and will be held on the campus of New York University in New York City and includes 6 ethics of continuing education for ATR-BCs and LCATs (and for less than $100!).

The morning program, Bridging Social Media’s Digital Divide: Navigating Ethical Considerations as Art Therapists will be a didactic presentation looking at some of the challenges and benefits that social media can have on the clients we serve, the therapeutic relationship, and how to best navigate social media as an art therapist with purpose and ethical responsibility in our own use. Content will explore the role and influence social media can have on our lives and work, both negative and positive , as well as the challenges art therapists may face in their social media use related to privacy and  boundaries. Practical suggestions to help minimize potential risks will be also be presented, including strategies to help empower an art therapist’s digital presence with professional responsibility.

The afternoon program, Empowering Our Digital Presence: Art Therapists and Social Media Workshop explores how art therapists can empower their digital presence online with mindful attention to digital boundaries, ones digital footprint, and the ways we navigate social media personally, professionally, and creatively. Attendees will use art making to discover and learn more about these digital landscapes, the challenges art therapists can face, and ways we can leverage social media and ethical frameworks to promote our professional interests, values, and work.

An author Q&A and book signing will follow the event.  To register, visit this link.

Looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues from the art therapy community, as well as anyone interested in the event topics at both of these offerings!

Chapter Abstracts: The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media

Divided into three parts that highlight the themes of connection, community, and creativity, The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media explores timely topics such as the professional use of social media, ethical considerations, potential benefits and challenges, and strategies to embrace the possibilities that social media can create for the field of art therapy worldwide. The book brings together content helpful for the advancement of social media practices within the art therapist and in the profession of art therapy. Its contents serve as an opportunity to empower art therapists on the many ways to use social media and ways to decrease potential risks. Each chapter also includes an extensive reference list, an art experiential and reflection questions to further explore the topics addressed.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lynn Kapitan PhD, ATR-BC, HLM, Former Executive Editor of Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Past President of the American Art Therapy Association, Author of Introduction to Art Therapy Research and Re-enchanting Art Therapy, Professor and Director of the Professional Doctorate in Art Therapy at Mount Mary University

Introduction

 

Part One: Connection

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Social Networking and Social Media

This chapter offers an overview of the power of social media on connection, engagement, and influence. It serves to offer some basic knowledge and a fundamental groundwork about social media topics to be explored in future chapters. Content in this chapter introduces a general historical overview of social networking’s early beginnings, as well as art therapy’s history of using the Internet for networking and connection. Additional content includes the impact of mobile connection, as well as definitions, genres, examples, and features of popular social media sites available at the time of this writing. This includes social media sites for the general masses, professional networks, media sharing, content communities, blogs, micro-blogging, and social bookmarking. Examples of how art therapists are engaging with these sites and its general relevance to art therapy are described. Finally, theoretical considerations such as six degrees of separation and three degrees of influence are presented to explore social media considerations for connection and influence.

Chapter 2: The Challenges and Benefits of Social Networking

Art therapists need to take a meaningful look at some of the challenges and benefits that social media can have on the clients we serve, the therapeutic relationship, and how to best navigate social media with purpose and responsibility in our own use. This chapter takes a closer look at topics related to some of the challenges and benefits of social networking. The first part addresses how social media can influence our lives both negatively and positively in forming and sustaining relationships, building self-esteem and identity, as well as supporting well-being. This section also includes the role of digital social responsibility to clients and educating clients about social media use in respect to confidentiality and sharing their art within an online setting. The second half of this chapter explores some of the challenges art therapists may face in their own social media use related to privacy management and digital boundaries. Best practice suggestions are presented to help minimize these potential risks. The chapter also addresses the benefits of social media for art therapists, particularly in relationship to creating connection, support, and decreasing professional isolation.

Chapter 3: Social Media, Art Therapy, and Professionalism

This chapter acknowledges how the art therapy community can use and implement the tools of social networking with the highest awareness and application of professionalism. Content expands on social media’s influence on professional competency and some of the challenges and risks art therapists and the profession may face related to this subject. Specific topics include e-professionalism, the art therapist’s digital footprint and its impact on art therapy, and the online disinhibtion effect are explored. The role of art therapy graduate programs, workplace considerations, as well as ethical frameworks for social media use among art therapists is discussed to help provide guidance on informed decision making. The conclusion of this chapter introduces how social media can be used for positively advocating for the art therapy profession and the work of art therapists.

Part Two: Community

Chapter 4: The Value of Digital Community for Art Therapists 

Since the Internet’s early beginnings, the concept of community has historically been at the center of online activity. This chapter addresses the significance and value of digital community for art therapists. Online professional art therapy groups are often dedicated to exchanging occupational related information and knowledge, in addition to finding value in collaboration or supporting each other with professionally driven projects, endeavors, and learning. Content includes exploring communities of practice online for art therapists to build knowledge, cultivate collegiate relationships and exchange, offer support, create a sense of belonging, and strengthen professional identity. Uses and examples of digital community for art therapists through social media are described. Suggestions for art therapists to consider for online community building, supporting the hierarchy of digital community needs, and developing community norms and standards are also explored.

Chapter 5: Strengthening the Art Therapy Profession through Social Media

This chapter explores how social media can contribute to strengthening the art therapy profession and members of the art therapy community it serves. Content will highlight suggestions of how art therapists can professionally develop and promote a strong digital presence with a framework of suggested guidelines about social media sharing strategies, generating content online, and how to create digital assets relevant to our work, career interests, and professional values. The chapter also highlights how social networking and leveraging activity on social media can positively contribute to increasing the field’s visibility, strengthen art therapy’s value, appreciation, clarify misconceptions about art therapy’s use, and create a voice of advocacy for the profession and causes important to art therapists. Social media examples in the form of art therapy sites and projects are highlighted to explore these topics.


Chapter 6: Social Networking and the Global Art Therapy Community

The tools and platforms of social networking continue to not only fill our own personal and professional lives, but its influence and scope can be seen and experienced worldwide. This chapter explores the impact of this growing global village in the field of art therapy and how art therapists have found an important sense of community in this digital domain. The power of social media creates opportunities for art therapists to engage in collaborations and communities, no matter where we live. Content will include exploring the universal reach of technology, social networking’s impact on fostering an international art therapy community, and the role of art therapists as global digital citizens. These ideas will be further illustrated by presenting examples of sites and collaborative online projects that art therapists from several parts of the world have engaged in through the use of social media.

Part Three: Creativity

Chapter 7: Social Media and the Art Therapist’s Creative Practice

With social media’s increasing presence impacting our professional lives as art therapists, there is also significant value in exploring how the power of social media influences creative activity, especially in relationship to our practice as artists. Social media encompass an interactive infrastructure activating art opportunities for art therapists to become professionally involved with community engagement, interpersonal connection, and their own creative work. This chapter will explore the role of social media for advancing creative process and fostering creative motivation within the art therapist. Content explores how social networking sites can support the art therapist’s creative drive, artist identity, and enthusiasm for art making and art-based endeavors. Topics to be addressed also include the role of online creative communities as additional encouragement and support for creative practice and connection to artistic activity.

Chapter 8: 6 Degrees of Creativity

Social media’s influence in reaching others holds considerable strength. This power is true for leveraging our creativity to inspire and make a constructive impact for not only our own well-being and identity as artists, but to use our collective creative force to positively influence others, our communities, and in turn the world. Social media can multiply our message, action, and intention as artists while striving to make a meaningful difference and facilitate transformation through our art-based efforts and creative expression. This chapter addresses the combined influence social networking, the arts, and community can have on inspiring creative engagement and positive change among a group of individuals and beyond. To illustrate these concepts, a comprehensive overview of the intention and logistics of the 6 Degrees of Creativity online community is provided. Project examples and art from art therapists and other artists who participated in 6 Degrees of Creativity offerings are presented to showcase the influence social networking can have on spreading positive creative engagement and collaboration.

Conclusion

Chapter 9: Future Considerations- Social Media and Art Therapists

So what does the future of social media hold for art therapists and its potential for upcoming opportunities, experiences, and the field? How can art therapy as a profession and art therapists continue to build on the benefits and practices explored throughout this book, while still navigating the technology that emerges for social networking with continuous professionalism, responsibility, and ethical caution? This concluding chapter offers thoughts and ideas about the future of social networking for art therapists related to connection, community, and creativity. Content presents professional considerations about what future social networking practices may look like or become for art therapists and the profession. To add to this discussion, some of these thoughts are offered through the eyes of new professionals just entering the field or art therapists who have been early advocates to the use of technology within the profession.

Glossary
Appendix
Index

The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media will be released on October 10. Stay tuned for updates about future book events and happenings.