From Usenet Big-8 Management Board
From: Big-8 Management Board <>
Subject: RESULT - sci.psychology.psychotherapy.moderated will be removed
Date: Wed, 12 May 2010 10:44:40 EDT
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     sci.psychology.psychotherapy.moderated will be removed

The Last Call for Comments on 5 May 2010 initiated a five-day period
for final comments.  Following this comment period, the Big-8 Management
Board has decided by consensus to remove the newsgroup.


sci.psychology.psychotherapy.moderated	Practice of psychotherapy. Moderated


Overview: Sci.psychology.psychotherapy.moderated (hereinafter "sppm")
exists as a forum for the discussion of psychotherapy. Anyone with an
interest in such discussion is welcome. This would include practitioners
of all types (psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage/family counselors,
social workers, etc.), students of therapy, and therapy clientele.

Appropriate and Inappropriate Posts: Some examples of topics
appropriate for discussion in sppm include (but are not limited to) the

* a particular type of psychotherapy (e.g., cognitive-behavioral,
psychodynamic), or a comparison between two types. There will be no
restrictions on the types of therapeutic modalities that are appropriate
for discussion -- save for treatments that seem to have no obvious
connection to psychology (e.g., palm-reading, crystals). The latter will
not be accepted, unless a clear, plausible connection to psychology is

* a particular psychological disorder (e.g., depression, eating

* a particular psychological theory (e.g., object relations theory,
learning theory), as it relates to the material of therapy

* research relevant to psychotherapy

* psychopharmacological (drug) or other biological treatments, as they
relate to psychotherapy

* diagnostic issues

* therapist training and supervision

* ethical issues faced by therapists

* trends in practice (e.g., emerging or alternative modalities)

* the relationship between psychotherapy and other fields of inquiry
such as philosophy or religion (as long as the discussion remains
focused on psychotherapy)

* career issues (e.g., establishing a private practice, coping with
managed care) * business related directly to psychotherapy (e.g.,
employment opportunities, equipment for sale)

* case studies (if and only if client anonymity is ensured)

* announcements and reports of meetings, conferences, and newsletters,
including those put out by self-help organizations (please consider
posting or cross-posting these to sci.psychology.announce, however)

* requests for information about a specific problem. However, those
looking for exchanges characteristic of a support group should seek out
an actual support group, as sppm was not designed to serve that  

The following are inappropriate for sppm, and posts containing them will
be rejected:

* personal attacks, including allegations of professional misconduct
(the latter should be brought to the attention of the appropriate

* discussions which wander far from the topic of psychotherapy
(including spam)

* cross-posting to groups outside of the psychology topic area, unless
the reason for crossposting is evident (e.g., cross-posting to a
group when drug therapy is being discussed). Responses may be made to
the same groups or a subset thereof without further justification.

* gross violations of netiquette. These may include, for example,
excessive repetition -- defined as more than 90% quoted material, or
posting more frequently than once per month an article with more than
90% unchanged text (moderators may change these value in the future, if
they find them to be unsatisfactory) -- or chronic misattribution of
quoted text.


This document has been posted to the following newsgroups:



Proponent: Tim McNamara <> (one of eight  


First proposal by Tim McNamara 2010-03-17, submitted to the
sci.psychology.psychotherapy.moderated moderator's mailing list.

Second proposal by Tim McNamara  2010-03-27, rejected due to needed
corrections in the RFD.

Third proposal by Tim McNamara 2010-03-29 with corrections.

Request for final discussion by Tim McNamara 2010-05-04.

Last call for comments 2010-05-05 by the Big Eight Management Board.

Alexander Bartolich and Martin Moleski, co-chairs of the Big 8 Management Board