Category Archives: ethics

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

In Bed with our Clients: Should Psychotherapists Play Matchmaker or is this Plain Old Erotic Countertransference?

This piece was originally published, in slightly different form, at Psyched in San Francisco Last January, there was an opinion piece in the New York Times, written by Richard Friedman on whether therapists should play Cupid for our clients, basically performing as a matchmaker and setting them up on dates. The article focused primarily on […]

A Yelp Review is Not an Authorization to Release Client Information: Online Reviews and Confidentiality

Today, on Twitter, I got pulled into an exchange about whether or not client reviews on websites can be assumed to be waiving their confidentiality rights. Thank you to @dr_wayne and @TherapyOnline, my two co-discussants in online ethical dilemmas. The conversation started in response to this posting describing how clinicians are more free to respond […]