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

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

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

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

Return from SXSW Interactive 2011

I am home after presenting for a second time at SXSW Interactive this week. This year, SXSW included a Health track which was a great addition to their programming, and of course, it made my annual trek even more meaningful. I was delighted to be able to attend more health panels this year and to … Continued

Groupon and Other "Deals" for Mental Health Professionals

Groupon and Other “Deals” for Mental Health Professionals In the last week, I received two separate emails from clinicians asking my opinion on Groupon and other deal-of-the-day marketing sites for psychotherapists. In my experience, if a couple of people are asking me about it, there are probably many others considering it. Are these sites a … Continued