Rules and Guidelines

MHPG Discussion Board Rules, Guidelines, and Privacy Information
The MHPG Discussion Board is an online forum for MHPG members to interact about topics of interest, seek
career advice, pose practice questions, and collaborate. To participate on this forum, you agree to follow the
rules and guidelines outlined below, which are intended to ensure the best possible experience for all MHPG
members. Should you have questions, comments, or concerns about the MHPG Discussion Board, please
direct them to the current MHPG E-Communications Committee chair (for 2021, contact Landon Zaki at
lzaki@bloomtherapysf.com).
Please note that MHPG reserves the right to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone
who violates these rules. ASRM reserves the right to remove any message for any reason.
Rules
• Do not disclose any information that would allow others to determine the identity of a particular
client/patient. This includes name, address, or any other information that would directly or indirectly
identify a particular patient.
• Do not challenge or attack others. Discussion comments are meant to stimulate conversation, not to
create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.
• Do not promote your practice, services, therapy groups, or post commercial messages. Please contact
members directly with product and service information if you believe it would help them.
• Do not post advertisements for educational events (conferences, lectures, seminars, talks, courses,
trainings, podcasts, etc.) that you or others offer. Instead, see “Guidelines on How to Post an Event” under
the MHPG Events tab.
• Do not seek direct supervision on cases. However, you may post general questions about clinical issues
that arise in your practice.
• Do not reproduce postings from other forums/discussion boards/websites without securing consent from
both the original poster and the authors of subsequent comments. However, please be advised that the
MHPG and ASRM has no control over whether this happens.
• Job postings, even those specific to our field, are not allowed to be posted to the MHPG Discussion Board.
They must be submitted to the ASRM career center.
• Use caution when discussing products. Information posted is available for all to see, and comments are
subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
• All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited.
• Individual MHPG members may now post recruitments for research participation.
Guidelines
• Include a signature tag with your name, affiliation, and location on all messages.
• Clearly and concisely state the topic of your post in the subject line. This allows members to respond more
appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.
• Only post a message to the Discussion Board when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
• Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me too" to individuals and not to the entire
Discussion Board. Do this by using the "Reply Privately" button on the right-hand side of every post.
• Warn other list subscribers of lengthy messages either in the subject line or at the beginning of the
message body with a line that says, "Long Message."
• Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list.” Instead, use the web interface
to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing e-mail addresses, you do not
need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new e-mail address. Simply change your
settings.

The Legal Stuff
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