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

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

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

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

New Online Audio CE Offering: Facebook and Google and Twitter…Oh My!

The website OnGoodAuthority is featuring a new CE course called Facebook and Google and Twitter…Oh My! Ethical Issues for Clinicians. I’m pleased to be one of the contributors to this course. This 3 unit CE course presents four audio interviews by Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD with the following speakers: Curt Kearney, MA, LCPC – “My … Continued