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- Psychologyinfo provides multiple Mental Health Blogs on various topics. The content of the blogs is visible to the public. All Members are invited to post to all blogs related to their clinical, academic and research areas of interest.
- PsychologyInfo provides Feature Articles that are visible to the public. Feature articles are longer and more detailed than blog posts but cover the same range of topics as the blogs. All members can submit Feature Articles for publication, but they are reviewed by PsychologyInfo before publication to determine if they match the format and detail of Feature Articles or are more suitable to be published as a blog post.
- PsychologyInfo allows members to join and create Discussion Groups and Forums to facilitate communication between members regarding various mental health topics. The content of the Groups and Forums is only available to members.
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- Blog post content: The content of all blog posts should be related to the Blog topic. Members can describe services they offer, research they are conducting, programs they have developed or are developing, projects and programs within their organization, and programs or projects they believe could or should be developed related to mental health issues. Members can offer their opinions regarding types of mental health treatments or programs but should not criticize specific programs or treatment by specific treatment providers. This does not limit a member from providing information about research, studies or investigations regarding different treatment programs or services, providing those sources are named and described. Blog posts cannot be used for personal attacks on other members.
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