|Welcome to the MHPG website! The information and communities on this
site are here to help the members of ASRM’s Mental Health Professional
Group (MHPG) learn and connect with each other. To learn more about the
community and our guidelines for community usage, please read the
I. Site Access
While certain sections of the MHPG website are public, many
of the community sections are restricted as a benefit to MHPG members.
To enjoy continued access to the community, members should ensure that
their ASRM and MHPG memberships are current.
II. Site and Community Governance
Content for the MHPG website is developed by the Executive and Standing Committees and monitored by
the MHPG e-Communications Committee. A list of committee members may be
found on the site’s Leadership page.
Community discussions, blog posts, and shared files are
created and self-moderated by the community. Members of the community
may mark a post or file as inappropriate if they feel like the content
does not meet the rules and guidelines outlined in the next section.
When content is flagged as inappropriate, the content will
disappear from the site and will be sent to a site administrator for
review. If deemed appropriate, the content will be released to reappear
on the site.
ASRM and MHPG reserve the right to ban a community member for repeated or major violations of community rules or guidelines.
III. Site and Community Sections
A. Static Content
Static content on the site includes information about MHPG
and its programs and events. This information is generally available to
the public. Any questions about or suggestions for static content should
be directed to the MHPG Executive Committee.
The Discussion area is intended as a forum for MHPG members
to interact about topics of interest, practice questions, career advice,
collaborations, etc. Any MHPG member in good standing can post topics
for discussion and respond to existing topics. Posts and replies should
abide by community rules and guidelines. Confidential patient information should never be included in the Discussion area.
Members of the MHPG community are invited to create blog
posts to share information on topics of interest. Although a blog post
can be open for comments, a blog is more similar to an article than an
interactive discussion. Blog posts should abide by community rules and
We welcome posts sharing articles of interest or scientific
publications, as well as educational events that are presented by
your organization or in which you are a participant. Self-promotion and advertising is NOT ALLOWED.
The MHPG website contains a library of shared files and
links of interest. Members are invited to share files according to
community rules and guidelines and suggest links of interest to the MHPG
Website Content Committee.
We invite you to share with the list-serve those educational
events (lectures, talks, seminars, courses) you feel might be of
interest to your colleagues. In order to encourage members to share
events in which you or your organization might be participating without
appearing to be self-promoting, we ask that you follow the procedure
- Write a brief description of the event you would like to share with the community
- Attach relevant materials in the form of a PDF.
- Send description and materials to the e-Communications Committee Chair for review.
- The e-Communications Chair will post the
announcement to the National Events calendar along with related
Calendar entries should follow ASRM’s guidelines for event
posting, which include listing events only for nonprofit organizations
that do not take place within a 45-day window of the ASRM Scientific
Congress & Expo.
IV. Community Rules and Guidelines
A. General Rules
- 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 MHPG; and are against the policy of the MHPG
Community. Inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to, name
calling, and other personally directed critical comments. Use of
profanity is prohibited.
- Use caution when discussing products. Information
posted on the lists and in the libraries is available for all to see,
and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
- Please observe all copyright laws. In particular,
you should not post copies or pdfs of reprints or other published
material, unless you are the holder of the copyright or have written
permission from the copyright holder. Instead, whenever possible, please
post the link or URL of the material or a citation for the publication.
- Everyone owns the words they post in the MHPG
Community and the act of posting gives MHPG and ASRM permission to
distribute and archive the posting. Therefore, you may not forward or in
any way share postings from the discussion with persons who are not
subscribers without the permission of the writer of the message.
- The MHPG Community is a public forum. It is NOT,
under any circumstance, to be considered a venue for discussing or
sharing any patient, clinical, or other information that is privileged
or confidential. A useful rule-of-thumb is that nothing should be posted
that you would not also include in a signed letter to the editor of a
national newspaper. Should you want to post information about a specific
clinical situation, either general issues should be abstracted from the
case or the specific information must be sufficiently disguised or
minimal, so that the person(s) being discussed would not recognize
themselves. If the person, an intimate, or other people that know them
would recognize them, the information should not be included on a
- Participants are encouraged to post questions, seek advice, and
debate clinical and professional issues. However, the MHPG Community
should not be utilized as a substitute for face-to-face clinical
supervision, nor should it be used as a way to seek clinical training by
clinicians who want to work in the field. While these distinctions are
difficult to draw, if the intent of the posting is to solicit guidance
about the specific clinical situation being discussed, then it will be
considered a request for supervision and should not be posted. For
example, one should not present specific clinical material (assuming, of
course, that confidentiality is not being breached) and ask, "What
should I do?" However, it might be appropriate to present the same
material later and say, "Here's what I did; what would you do and why?"
In other words, issues posted should have general applicability and
reflect broad points as they pertain to members' clinical and scientific
work in reproductive medicine and infertility. Postings should not be
used to expand one's boundaries of competence in order to meet the
specific demands of a specific situation, as that is something
appropriately addressed in formal supervision or continuing education.
- We appreciate the value of getting a recommendation from a
trusted source, which is why so many of us ask for recommendations from
members of the list-serve.
- General responses confirming or contradicting a question or line of thinking are appropriate.
- Responses that mention specific organizations or your
organization or publication by name should be back-channeled. For
example, if there is a post asking about agencies that facilitate open
identity egg donation, it is acceptable to answer whether you know of
agencies that do this. Other members might like to know that that
service is generally available. The names of specific agencies of which
you are aware or with which you have worked should be back-channeled. It
is not acceptable to post a response that indicates that the agency for
which you work or consult offers the service in question.
- Materials such as websites, journal articles, or books
written by you or in which your organization is involved are valuable
resources we want you to be able to share with MHPG members. Please bear
with us as we work with our Committees to determine the best means of
informing our members of your print or on-line materials.
- We want to support research efforts as much as possible.
Research is obviously important to the work we do. The MHPG network of
members is a great way to reach a large number of professionals with
your request for research participants.
- Please submit your request to recruit research subjects to the e-Communications Committee Chair.
- In order for your request to be posted to the discussion
board, your project must have IRB approval from an appropriate
institution. The goal of the research project, collaborators,
institution approving the research, and methods of recruitment should
all be included in your submission to the e-Communications Committee.
- MHPG members may NOT utilize the MHPG Community for
purposes of self-promotion, advertising, or for other commercial intent.
Advertising or self-promotion includes, but is not limited to, the
promotion of specific clinical or consulting services; the promotion of
social networking pages (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. with
the exception of personal social media links on an individual’s
community profile); sales of publications; and/or promotion of agencies,
companies, or products from which the member derives income or other
financial compensation. Community members are asked to keep this in
mind, as well, with regard to the signature files of their posts.
Relevant educational programs, conferences, or seminars in which MHPG
members are involved, but receive no financial compensation, or a single
honorarium, may be posted on the MHPG lists.
- The content of the MHPG Community does not
represent official policies of the ASRM, any of its professional or
special interest groups, or necessarily the views of all of its members.
Do not quote peer opinions as formal policy.
All messages must add to the body of knowledge. We reserve the right to reject any message for any reason.
B. Discussion Group Etiquette
- Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, affiliation, location.
- Post your message or documents only to the most
appropriate lists or libraries. Do not spam several lists or libraries
with the same message.
- State concisely and clearly the topic of your
comments 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.
- Include only the relevant portions of the
original message in your reply. Delete any header information, and put
your response before the original posting.
- Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information that everyone can benefit from.
- Send messages such as "thanks for the
information" or "me, too" to individuals--not to the entire list. Do
this by using the "Reply to Sender" link to the left of every 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.
- 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."
C. Guidelines for Posting Blog and Shared Files
In addition to the rules previously listed, please keep blog
posts and shared files free of commercial interests and copyrighted
material for which you do not have permission to use. The MHPG Website
Content reserves the right to remove blog posts and shared files that
violate the community guidelines, contain erroneous information, and/or
do not add to the community’s body of knowledge.
V. Privacy and Legal Information
legal information, please refer to the Code of Conduct link, located at
the top of the page.