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

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

Results of Study on Therapist-Client Interactions on the Internet

Therapist-Client Interactions on the Internet Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. The summary of the results of the research Dan Taube, J.D., Ph.D. and I conducted on psychotherapists who have had intentional and accidental extra-therapeutic encounters with their clients on the Internet are posted on my research page. A larger slideshow can … 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

Site Update: For Clinicians Using Social Media

I have been getting frequent requests for certain archived blog posts on Social Media for therapists. As a result, I’ve decided to compile them on a separate page. I will continue to blog here, but I am launching a new page: For Clinicians Using Social Media on which I will summarize all of the posts … Continued

Deleting My Private Practice Page on Facebook

The experiment Last May, I decided to play around with Facebook ads, and as part of that, I created a Facebook Page for my private practice. It was an experiment and I posted as much on Twitter at the time, expressing some ambivalence and saying that I wasn’t sure if I would keep it up. … Continued

Upcoming Salon | The Web 2.0 Psychotherapist: The Therapeutic Relationship and Social Media

Please be aware of my upcoming training. And feel free to share the following announcement with anyone you think might be interested! SFCP Community Members’ Professional Development Salon The Web 2.0 Psychotherapist: The Therapeutic Relationship and Social Media Some clinicians are hesitant about having a personal social media presence (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) but are beginning … Continued

I'm Not a Rock Star! (More Thoughts on Facebook Fanning)

This article is part of an online course: Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychotherapists for 8 CE credits Yesterday, I posted a draft of my Social Media Policy for Psychotherapy on this blog. I also included a link on Twitter. I made it clear that this was a work in progress and asked folks … Continued

Should Mental Health Professionals Block Clients On Facebook?

This article is part of an online course: Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychotherapists for 8 CE credits The past two days, a subsection of the Internet was ablaze with commentary related to the Facebook privacy changes that I blogged about yesterday. Some users didn’t mind the changes. Some didn’t realize they had lost … Continued