and the Internet
Be aware that every jurisdiction may
have differences in their laws and rules regarding the practice of psychology
and licensed professionals. The information contained in this section is
general information. If you have a question regarding a licensed
psychologist, please check with the state, province or territory where the
individual is licensed to obtain specifics about your questions.
Individuals who claim to be psychologists
and who provide psychological services on the Internet must be licensed as a
psychologist. Licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction (state,province
or territory). Some jurisdictions require psychological providers to
register or be licensed in the particular state to provide services via the
Internet to consumers in that state. Check with your jurisdiction's board
of psychology before obtaining services via the Internet.
If you communicate with someone, or
access a website that purports to provide psychological services, make sure you
have and can verify at least the following information:
The full name, address and phone number of the
individual providing the "service;"
What types of services or advice he or she is qualified
What type of license (e.g. psychologist, counselor,
social worker) does the person hold, for what services provided, in what
To what extent you can expect your communications with
him or her to be confidential and whether his or her website and e-mail use
encryption methods to protect confidentiality;
The current advice for consumers who
seek mental health services over the Internet is Caveat emptor, or BUYER
BEWARE. Please be careful.
Note: the provision of psychological
services over the internet is an evolving area and most jurisdictions do not
yet have clearly defined standards or rules regarding such
For more information, please see the Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology