Privacy policy

Welcome to our site (“Site”). tricitypsychology.com (“Tri-City Psychology”) knows how our clients and visitors like you value your privacy, and we have created this privacy policy to ensure that you understand our policies and procedures, what personally identifiable information you must provide if you wish to use the site and, ultimately, just how we use such personally identifiable information.

This policy applies only to the web site located at www.tricitypsychology.com, and not to any other web site or service. If you do not agree with this policy, then you should not use the Site If you have any concerns regarding our privacy policy please contact us through our website, or write to us at: Tri-City Psychology Services, 632 Hillcrest Street,Coquitlam,BC V3J 6N9.

Confidentiality of data relating to individual clients and visitors to a this Web site, including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site owners undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site and mirror sites are located.Tri-City Psychology Services will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us.

The following explains how we handle information about your visit to our site:

If your visit to our site consists only of browsing, reading pages, or downloading information, then we will automatically gather and store just the following generic information (information that does not identify you personally) about your visit.

1. The domain name of your Internet service provide (ISP).

2. An internet protocol (IP) address.

3. The type of browser you use to access our site(e.g. Internet Explorer 6.0 Mozilla Firefox).

4. The operating system you are using (e.g. Windows XP, Linux or Macintosh OS X).

5. The date and time of your visit.

6. The pages you visited and the length of time you spend on them.

7. If you linked from our site to another site.

This information helps us improve our site and tells us the number of visitors to it and the types of technology they use.

The information we collect online is kept secure using SSL-128 bit encrypted data transmission (this is a protocol that transmits your communication over the internet in an encrypted form). This SSL certificate is one of the highest forms of security, privacy and confidentiality available today.

If you send us personal information, through an e-mail, or contact form, we store the question and the e-mail address so that we can respond electronically. Tri-City Psychology does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or statute. We permit third party contractors access to your personal information only when we use them for initial sorting of e-mails, or forms. We require those contractors to handle your personal information in accordance with Tri-City Psychology Services Privacy Protection guidelines.

Cookies:

When you visit our site, it will attempt to set “session cookies” on your browser. A browser session begins when you open your browser and ends when you close it. Unlike persistent cookies, session cookies do not remain on your computer after you close your browser. Tri-City Psychology Services does not employ cookies to collect personal information about you, but only about your browser session. The cookies make it easier for you to use the dynamic features of certain pages. If you are concerned about the potential use of information that cookies gather from your computer, you can set your browser to ask permission before it accepts a cookie.

Disclaimer:

General

The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.Whilst every care is taken to ensure that the information is accurate it should not replace the advice of your doctor or any other health care professional. If you are worried about your health please visit your doctor.

Editorial:

tricitypsychology.com is published by Owen James PhD.,who is the clinical director of Tri-City Psychology Services Inc. The website is developed and maintained by Kathy James (who is employed by Tri-City Psychology Services Inc.)

Funding

tricitypsychology.com has no external sources of funds.The editor and web developer receive no sponsorship or remuneration for their roles and provide services voluntarily. tricitypsychology.com does not accept advertising or any form of sponsorship from any outside source that manufactures or promotes the use of products for the treatment of mental health concerns. We hope that this measure will offset the overwhelming presence of pharmaceutical ads on other counselling websites. We want you to be clear that no advertiser, organization, or pharmaceutical company, at any time, has any direct influence or impact on our editorial decisions, editorial direction, or what we publish on the site thus we maintain absolute editorial independence.

The Content

This site is published by Dr. Owen James (through “Tri-City Psychology Services Inc.”), for the personal education, and communication of the general public. We provide general mental health information, surveys, post-comments, quizzes, newsletter and a blog. tricitypsychology.com’s publisher, Owen James, PhD., decides which topics should be included on the website. A goal of our editorial process is to provide consumer mental health information. New topics for the Shrink Rap and Psychobabble Newsletter are chosen based on consumer interest, new developments that influence current practice, advances in prevention and the prevalence of conditions. All text pieces, graphics and tools are subject to a standardized review process.

Terms of use with regard to questionnaires are clearly outlined prior to participation. With all articles published we go to great lengths to provide accurate, current and useful mental health information.

Our blog and newsletter also contains material created by others; news services (such as Newswise, Alpha Galileo, Eureka), government agencies (such as the National Institute of Mental Health) and non-profit organizations.

When “reproduced by the permission of the copyright owner”, notation appears at the foot of an article, the material was used with permission of the original copyright owner. The source material from other third-parties is always identified at the foot of each article.

Rights to image usage is purchased by Tri-City Psychology Services. Any images used on this site are subject to copyright and as such cannot be reproduced without the original owners permission.

Links

We do not use third party advertisement on our website. The Site may contain links to web sites maintained by third parties.  Tri-City Psychology is not responsible for the privacy practices of such third party sites.  You should carefully read their own privacy policies before providing any information to such third parties.

Advertising Policy

tricitypsychology.com is an independent publisher of mental health information and resources. With the exception of Amazon Affiliate links (see addendum) it does not receive funding or sponsorship from any outside source. Unfortunately we have no control over advertising content that may displayed on other sites that we link to, or which may preceed any video content that is posted. Although we make every effort to include only those sites that reflect the same standards that we uphold, you visit these sites are your own risk.

Affiliate links
Tri-City Psychology Services is an Amazon Affiliate. Books that are referenced in articles link directly to the Amazon web site. As an Amazon Affiliate if you purchase a book by linking directly from our website Tri-City Psychology Services will receive 4% to 15% of the particular sale dependent on the preceding sales for that particular month. Books that appear in the sidebar of the blog page have been selected by the editor as recommended reading. We accept no additional revenue or inducement to display these books.

Conflict of Interest

We have a conflict of interest policy for our writers and editors that requires them to reveal to us potential conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest may be financial relationships, affiliations with groups or organizations, or personal actions. The goal of our policy is to provide consumers with health information on our site that is as free of bias as possible. We require our writers and editors to excuse themselves from working on material and projects for which potential conflicts exits, that is, where a writer or editor has a relationship that could potentially bias the person’s work on a particular topic.

We started our blog ShrinkRap in 2007. Our aim then and now , is to feature the many dimensions of health from a psychological perspective.

Authority

Our blog is moderated occasionally and posteriorly. The blog is moderated by volunteers who are employed at Tr-City Psychology Services. Internet users posting comments on this blog should not be considered as health professionals.

Complementarity Comments posted on this blog should be designed to support, not replace the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. Please be reminded that everyone can read your comments, the internet has a very long memory so think before you hit the send button.

Comments

Internet users commenting on this blog must behave with respect and honesty at all times. Internet users may not post any commercial/ advertising links or comments.Such posts will be deleted. Internet users commenting on blog must post information which is true and correct to their knowledge. We invite you to provide resources (references and links….) on health/medical claims where possible and relevant. Moderators reserve the right to erase posts without notification, or any comment which they would deem to be inappropriate. In addition , we inform you that the blog is moderated, and your comments will be published after approval by the moderators.

Web Site Editor: Dr. Owen James, Registered Psychologist C.P.B.C. #1070

Web Site Developer: Kathy James, B.A. Hons. ( Graphic Design)

Contact email: kj@tricitypsychology.com

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This page was last updated on March 16, 2015