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Technology and Psychology Professionals
Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, be certain to have read all the required resources for this week. In recent years, the psychology profession has been greatly influenced by various forms of technology. The prevalence of psychology professionals using technology to market themselves and engage, socialize, and interact with others has created new opportunities and challenges. This is particularly true with regard to potential interactions with clients via these technologies. Given the exponential growth with which these technological advancements are permeating our world, we expect to see the proliferation of new issues, challenges, and opportunities within the realms of psychological research and practice.
In your initial post:

Provide an overview of the relevant issues, ongoing trends, challenges, and future opportunities for psychology professionals and the populations they serve.
Explain how the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct can be used to guide decisions in the ethical application of these technologies.
Construct clear and concise arguments using evidence-based psychological concepts and theories to explain how current technological and policy shifts may influence trends in psychological research and practice. 
Evaluate potential work settings where the use of technologies promotes ease and convenience for both psychology professionals and the populations they serve.

What are the potential responsibilities of the psychology professionals as providers of care with regard to the use of these technologies? Does the increase in ease, convenience, and experience satisfaction for the parties involved outweigh any potential negative outcomes?

Resources to use
Articles
American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct: Including 2010 amendments. (Links to an external site.)Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

This document outlines a series of ethical standards, guidelines, and aspirational goals to guide psychologists.

Bratt, W. (2010). Ethical considerations of social networking for counsellors. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 44(4),335–345. 

This article considers the ethical and professional implications of social networking for counselors.

Clinton, B. K., Silverman, B.C., & Brendel, D. H. (2010). Patient-targeted Googling: The ethics of searching online for patient information. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 18(2),103–112. doi:10.3109/10673221003683861

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the University Library. This article discusses the ethical and professional considerations of searching online for personal information about clients.

DiLillo, D., & Gale, E. B. (2011). To Google or not to Google: Graduate students’ use of the Internet to access personal information about clients. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(3), 160–166. doi:10.1037/a0024441

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the University Library. This article explores several ethical issues related to searching for personal information about clients online, including issues pertaining to confidentiality and informed consent.

Kaslow, F. W., Patterson, T., & Gottlieb, M. (2011). Ethical dilemmas in psychologists accessing internet data: Is it justified?Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(2),105–112. doi:10.1037/a0022002

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the University Library. This article explores a myriad of ethical dilemmas in psychologists accessing Internet data about clients, and also investigates the efficacy of gathering personal information about clients online.

Kolmes, K. (2012). Social media in the future of professional psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(6),606–612. doi: 10.1037/a0028678

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the University Library. The profession of psychology is greatly influenced by technology and social media. This article provides an overview of current and future trends in this area.

Lehavot, K., Barnett, J. E., & Powers, D. (2010). Psychotherapy, professional relationships, and ethical considerations in the MySpace generation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41(2),160–166. doi:10.1037/a0018709

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the University Library. This article describes new ethical dilemmas related to social media for psychology professionals. A strong focus of this article is on the potential impact to the therapeutic relationship.

Tunick, R. A., Mednick, L., & Conroy, C. (2011). A snapshot of child psychologists’ social media activity: Professional and ethical implications and recommendations. Professional Psychology: Research andPractice, 42(6),440–447. doi:10.1037/a0025040

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the University Library. This article proposes several guidelines for professional practice based on research around child psychologists’ social media activity.

Van Allen, J., & Roberts, M. (2011). Critical incidents in the marriage of psychology and technology: A discussion of potential ethical issues in practice, education, and policy. Professional Psychology: Research andPractice, 42(6),433–439. doi:10.1037/a0025278

The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the Univeersity Library. This article discusses psychologists’ use of technology, with a particular focus on consequences and strategies related to ethical issues in policy, education, and practice.

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