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Articles For Clinicians Using Social Media is a compilation of my posts for mental health professions on the Internet.

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What's So Bad About Facebook Editing Our Feeds?

The internet has been ablaze the past few days with commentary on Facebook’s non-consensual “mood manipulation” research. You can read the paper based upon the study here. It has been critiqued by many, including Violet Blue, who writes in Facebook: Unethical, Untrustworthy, and now Downright Harmful, about the choice to tamper with 689,003 people’s emotional well-being, but … Continued

Wickr: HIPAA-Compliant SMS App Tested by Two Psychologists

By Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. and Kristina Monroe, Psy.D. Dr. Monroe is a licensed psychologist who has private practice offices in Beverly Hills and South Pasadena, CA. She maintains a general psychotherapy practice but also specializes in serious mental illness as well as psychological assessment. We know one another from APA Division 42’s listserv, and we … Continued

How to Fight a Phobia

Not only do I treat phobias when people come to my psychotherapy office, but I’ll confess to having struggled with public speaking anxiety myself. It’s actually one of the most common phobias. Last April, I decided to challenge myself: teach about phobias in an Ignite talk. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable giving talks, but the Ignite … Continued

When Psychotherapists Digitally Eavesdrop on Social Media

This post was first published on PsychCentral. Mental health professionals have worried for years about their clients digging for personal information about them on the Internet. But what about when psychotherapists consult Google to unearth personal information about their clients? Do psychotherapists carry the same concerns for client privacy that they do for their own? … Continued

LinkedIn Endorsements for Mental Health Professionals

More and more, when I teach to groups on Social Media ethics, people are asking me about LinkedIn endorsements. Should they use them? Should they feel bad if they don’t endorse someone back? Is it okay if they have been endorsed for skills they don’t have? If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, it’s … Continued

Yelp-Proof Your Clinical Practice – Alpha Launch!

The most common consultation question I’m asked is “What can I do about the negative Yelp review I just received?” Until now, there hasn’t been much that we can do other than do good work, listen to our clients’ feedback, and hope that we don’t upset someone enough for them to want to publicly complain … Continued