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50 Shades of Stigma: Are we as kinky as we think we are?

Originally published at Psyched in San Francisco The popularity of the 50 Shades of Grey books has been staggering. They have become the 9 1/2 Weeks of a new generation; glorifying the excitement of power, bondage, and…well, mind games. In fact, those who know what consensual BDSM participants actually do together have criticized the trilogy … Continued

Gay, Older, and Dating: I Have Survived! Now What? A Guest Post by Doug Haldeman, Ph.D.

The following is a guest post by Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D. who has been a Counseling Psychologist in Independent Practice in Seattle for 29 years. His long publication record includes over forty articles and book chapters on issues of Diversity, Ethics, Family systems, Practice Guidelines for marginalized groups, and competent treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families. … Continued

Back from APA 2012

I had a very busy time at the annual American Psychological Association Convention this year in Orlando. I did four very different presentations in the four days I attended, which was a stretch! I also got to network with some incredibly interesting and accomplished psychologists who regularly support, encourage, and inspire me. I usually only get … Continued

Living Social and Groupon, a Guest Post by Adam Alban, Ph.D., J.D.

Recently, on the Division 42  listserv, which I moderate, there was a thread about Living Social and Groupon. I referenced my former post on this issue and posed the question as to whether others believed this constituted “fee-splitting” as prohibited by our ethics code. My colleague Adam Alban, Ph.D., J.D. responded, and I thought his ideas about … Continued

May 20th Bay Area 3 Hour CE in Digital and Social Media Ethics

Bay Area locals, I will be offering a 3 hour CE on Sunday, May 20th from 1-4pm with Santa Clara County Psychological Association. I’d love to see you there! Register here. SFPA Members get member rates! Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychologists May 20, 2012 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Registration at 12:30 3 CE hours … Continued

Six Tips for Avoiding Injury to Self and Others on the Internet

Ah the Internet. It gives so much to us in terms of support, connection, and the ability to obtain and absorb information. And then, in an instant, it can also take so much away: feelings of pain, jealousy, feeling left out, or trying to interpret messages from pixels on the screen. The Internet makes it … Continued

Enabling Comments on My Blog

For a long time, out of legal and ethical concerns, I’ve deprived myself of allowing comments on this blog. I had worries that clients might identify themselves or that people might share things in the comments that would make themselves vulnerable or which might require some action on my part or create an inadvertent clinical … Continued

SXSW 2012 – WARNING: Are Online Reviews Bad for Your Health?

I’m back from SXSW, where I got rained on HARD and also got to network and socialize with some of my favorite people. My session was on the challenges raised by consumer reviews of healthcare providers. You can read the Storify story of tweets below. Thanks to everyone who came and asked great questions! Check … Continued