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Whereas some other therapists might think they're in the vanguard because they occasionally ask kids about their Facebook page, Webber uses electronic media to communicate with kids between sessions. They're used to communicating when they want to communicate, she says, not on a therapist's office schedule, and they feel freer to talk using their own preferred communication. She's joined the digital generation by setting up her own Facebook page, and now several kids who aren't her clients have invited her on- to their pages. This expands her network—not for marketing, but for tuning in to her clients' community. It isn't spying, she says, because everyone knows she's there.
Webber creates podcasts and CDs for clients to use between sessions, which help them practice therapy homework. The electronic communication flows two ways: kids sometimes post videos on YouTube—their own and others' sites—about what they're feeling and send her the links. While some therapists might see between-session e-mails and Facebook exchanges as blurring the boundaries of therapy, Webber points out that she doesn't engage in idle conversation. She's present in the kids' digital world as a therapist.
Mascari and Webber's advice to therapists: don't let anxiety and lack of know-how keep you from going digital. After all, if you want to do therapy, you have to speak your clients' language. The new communication may feel awkward and, yes, everyone will know you have an accent. But kids will appreciate your effort so much that they'll be eager to teach you.