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E-Mails in Traditional f2f Therapy and in Telemental Health

Hushmail and other secure email services are a good idea, but many, if not most, clients balk at the extra hassle involved in using them to communicate with their therapists, and may choose to use the familiar and free, but unsecured, emails after being informed of the risk by their therapists (via an Informed Consent and e-mail signature.)

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Use of Text in Traditional f2f Therapy and in Telemental Health


Legal Issues with Emails & Websites


Ethics Codes


Facebook & Psychotherapy and Facebook Privacy Issues

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Use of FaceTime in TeleMental Health


Therapists Googling Clients


Clients Googling Therapists


Media Psychology

  • Behnke, S. (2008, April). Reflections on media ethics for psychologists. Monitor on Psychology, 46-47.
  • McGarrah, N., Alvord, M., Martin, J., & Haldeman, D. (2009). In the public eye: The ethical practice of media psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 172-180.
  • Rutledge, P. What is media psychology?

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Skype in TeleMental Health

Skype, while free, familiar and encrypted, is no longer an acceptable option for videoconferencing as part telemental health as it does not give BAA and is not considered HIPAA Compliant.


Alternatives to Skype

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Second Life

Second Life & Virtual Realities


Square, Credit Cards, Banks & HIPAA Compliance


Social Media


Yelp: Responding to Negative Postings

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Additional Resources

    Online Resources
  • Dr. Keely Kolmes
  • Blogs by Dr. Kolmes
  • Does Participating In Social Media Generate Referrals to Private Practice?
  • An Introduction to Media Psychology for Bloggers and Tweeters: Dr. Keely Kolmes' informative article on introducing the topic of media psychology and some of the gotchas that can come up when we write about our work online.
  • Therapy Website Legalities: "Posted" = "Published" : An article about copyright and therapist websites, with examples of gotchas that can come up when we work to turn our websites into a useful client resource.
  • WebAnywhere: A free screen reader program for use by those with visual disabilities. It acts as a special screen reader that is used to read Web pages for those who can't see the images and text well (or at all.) Many commercial reader programs are available, but this free one is a project of the University of Washington's Computer Science department. Try to read your own website using this program, and see how well it works. NOTE 1: This program can be a little difficult to use – it's designed for people who don't usually use a computer mouse or trackpad. Normally sighted people will find it quite awkward to use at first. NOTE 2: Some features of this program are not as high quality as those of commercial reader programs. This is a university project, so it isn't perfectly polished.
  • Web Accessibility Initiative: This page is not so much for clinicians but is for clinicians to send to their web designers or developers. This website describes standards for creating websites that are accessible to those with disabilities. If your Web designer or developer is unfamiliar with these standards, you can refer them to this page.

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