Electronic Communication Policy (Per APA)

November 20, 2015

Electronic Communication Policy

The use of various types of electronic communications is common in our society, and many individuals believe this is the preferred method of communication with others, whether their relationships are social or professional.  However, many of these modes of communication put your privacy at risk and can be inconsistent with the law and the standards of psychologists. 

This policy has been prepared according to the American Psychological Association recommendations to assure the security and confidentiality of your treatment and to assure that it is consistent with ethics and the law.

Email Communications

               Please do not send me email about clinical matters because email is not a secure way to contact me.  The telephone or face-to-face context simply is much more secure as a mode of communication.

Text Messaging

               Text messaging is a very unsecure and impersonal mode of communication.  I do not text message nor do I respond to text messages from anyone in treatment with me.

Social Media

               I do not communicate with, or contact, any of my patients through social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.  In addition, if I discover that I have accidentally established an online relationship with you, I will cancel that relationship.  This is because these types of casual social contacts can create significant security risks for you.

Websites

               I have a website that you are free to access.  I use it for professional reasons to provide information to others about me and my practice.  If you have questions about my website, we should discuss this during your therapy sessions.

Web Searches

               I understand that you might choose to gather information about me through web searches.  There is an incredible amount of information available about individuals on the internet, much of which may actually be known to that person and some of which may be inaccurate or unknown.  If you encounter any information about me through web searches, or in any other fashion for that matter, please discuss this with me during our time together so that we can deal with it and its potential impact on your treatment.

               It has become fashionable for patients to review their health care providers on various websites.  Unfortunately, mental health professionals cannot respond to such comments and related errors because of confidentiality restrictions.  If you encounter such reviews of me or any professional with whom you are working, feel free to share it with me so we can discuss it and its potential impact on your therapy.  Please do not rate my work with you on any of these websites while we are in treatment together.  This is because it has a significant potential to damage our ability to work together.

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