At present, the P&C is responsible for overseeing the following communication sources: Health Psychology (the Society’s scholarly journal), The Health Psychologist (the Society’s publication), the SfHP website, and SfHP listservs.
The P&C also works to maintain a record of the Society’s history and to preserve a record of important division events.
Listservs are rated as among the Society’s most highly-valued benefits. While following APA rules, we intentionally maintain broad parameters for listserv postings. We appreciate openness and diverse viewpoints, including minority ones, in health related topics. Our guidelines are designed to help to keep the listserv topics relevant and the discussion civil.
To make sure that members continue to find our listservs to be meaningful and informative, the SfHP Executive Committee recently adopted APA’s Civility Statement, which we have since incorporated into our Social List Policy.
Some highlights include:
SfHP’s social and professional communication tools (listservs, Twitter, Facebook page, etc.) are provided as a benefit of membership in the Society, and as such are used by the entire cross-section of members: clinicians, researchers, academics; senior professionals, students, and non-psychologists; in the US, Canada, and abroad. We understand that individuals from different cultures and groups may have varying customs and beliefs about what constitutes civil or uncivil behavior. We expect all to be respectful and mindful of these differences and norms. We appreciate openness and diverse viewpoints, including minority ones, on health-related topics. Any eligible participant may post a message and all will see it.
By embracing the following standards, we all contribute to a climate of trust and collegiality that encourages friendly, informed, and spontaneous discourse.
APPROPRIATE POSTINGS: Members may post questions, seek advice, or debate professional issues on topics related to health psychology. Messages may be program announcements, job postings, information of professional interest, etc. Conference or Training announcements for events sponsored by 501(c)3 organizations are welcome.
Professional debates can create strong differences of opinion, which may be expressed in a constructive manner; but personal attacks and offensive comments are inappropriate, not in the spirit of the Society, and against the policy of all associated communications tools. SfHP adopts, in total, APA’s Civility Statement.
INAPPROPRIATE POSTINGS: Inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to: name-calling and other ad hominem comments; overgeneralizing and offering dispositional character criticisms and attributions; using language that is perceived as being aggressive, sarcastic, or demeaning; posting excessively or repeating an established position; or failure to adhere to the directives of the list administrator and/or SfHP Publications Committee. Use of profanity is explicitly disallowed.
Please observe all copyright laws as they pertain to the Internet. Do not copy/attach any full-length article or substantive portion thereof, without obtaining and including the copyright holder’s permission to do so.
The forwarding of any individual’s postings or emails to you or others without her or his permission constitutes an “unauthorized back-channel communication.” To do so is a violation of our communications policies. If you wish to forward listserv communications from another individual, you must include documentation of that individual’s permission to forward his or her communication when you forward the contents of the communication.
Be considerate of the length of your message; extended documents, or even a long series of abstracts, may be more information than all readers are interested in receiving. Alternatively, you may direct interested parties to contact you off-list, or provide a link to another more comprehensive site.
Please refrain from repetitious requests for the same information; listmembers who initiate a call for resources are charged with compiling and re-posting the assembled content.
SfHP listservs may not be utilized to invite participation in surveys. Results obtained via the use of listserv surveys may not be deemed representative, generalizable, or defensible.
Federal law providing for the American Psychological Association’s tax exempt status absolutely forbids the use of APA resources or facilities, including SfHP (Division 38) communications tools, in any way that would even appear to support or oppose a political candidate for local, state or national public office.
FREE SPEECH: The First Amendment is not implicated by expression on APA listservs. The First Amendment is implicated when the government tries to restrict free speech. Listserv rules are private rules for members participating on a private forum, so there are no First Amendment implications.
REFERRAL REQUESTS: Listmembers are advised that all referral requests should be posted using the following format. This protocol has been approved by the Society’s Presidents and Chair of the Publications & Communications Committee, in consideration of patient privacy and listmember convenience.
(Listmembers may use the “Referral in:” subject line to delete postings to which they have no reply – without opening.)
Subject Line: Referral in: (city/state)
Body: Seeking licensed clinical psychologist with experience in: (describe clinical skills required; do not include patient identifiers)
Contact: Back-channel only to: (requesting member, email)
Remember that Ethical Standard 4.04(b) notes that in our work, “Psychologists discuss confidential information obtained in their work…only with persons clearly concerned with such matters.” (APA, 2010) Also, Standard 4.06, explicitly addresses consultation, and notes that psychologists “disclose information only to the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation,” (APA, 2010).”
By embracing these standards, we all contribute to a climate of trust and collegiality that encourages friendly, informed, and spontaneous discourse.
Details about appropriate/inappropriate postings, listserv violation and reinstatement protocols, as well as APA’s listserv rules, are provided in the policy.
Any member wishing to withdraw from a list may do so by using the link provided at the bottom of every message. Members wishing to join a specialty list may do so by sending a message to: DIV38-request@LISTS.APA.ORG. Specialty lists include:
Div38ECD – Ethnic/Cultural Diversity Forum
Div38IG-W – Women & Health Interest Group Forum
Div38INT – International Health Forum
Div38IG-Pain – Pain Psychology Interest Group Forum
Div38PrimCare – Integrated Primary Care Interest Group Forum
Thank you for your participation in the Society for Health Psychology. If you have any questions or concerns about the new policies, please feel free to contact the SfHP Administrative Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhDThe Health Psychologist Editor
Yale School of Medicine
Dawn Jewell, PsyDWeb Editor-in-Chief
Health Psychology Associates, PC