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

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

Goodtherapy.org Responds Thoughtfully to Complaints About Contest

Earlier this week, a colleague brought my attention to a contest that was being run on Goodtherapy.org. The contest invited participants to compete for six months of free weekly therapy sessions with the therapist of their choice. Participants entered the contest by posting a public comment sharing the following information: What are the obstacles currently preventing … Continued

Taking Control of Facebook's New Location Feature: More Privacy Woes

Facebook has released a new Location feature that already has critics — including the ACLU — worried about privacy concerns. As someone with a Facebook account, I found myself once again wondering why it was that I was hearing of new features on Facebook from news sources, rather than being notified of them when logging … Continued

Psychology Today Introduces New Call Tracking: Raises Privacy Concerns

Last week, Psychology Today, the popular website that many psychotherapists use to advertise their practices, sent out an email to those with listings on the site to inform us that we had been opted-in to a new “security feature.” From the email: Psychology Today has recently introduced call tracking and call security for your profile. People … Continued

Email Tips for Clinicians

This article is part of an online course: Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychotherapists for 8 CE credits Email Tips for Clinicians Nearly everyone uses email nowadays. I would guess anyone who is reading this right now has an email account. While many clinicians avoid social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn … Continued