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CNYPA Listserv Rules

Thank you for being part of the CNYPA listserv community. Participation in the listserv community is a privilege of membership in the association. To ensure the best possible experience for all listserv members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

By joining and using the CNYPA email list, you agree that you have read and will follow the guidelines set for our group. This is a great medium in which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Listserv discussions should be limited to these topics.


  • CNYPA seeks to foster a supportive, collegial listserv environment. Communications should be oriented towards increasing the knowledge base of psychologists. The list serve is a forum for sharing information and community building. It is a place where differences of opinion can be aired with courtesy and respect, rather than through personal attack. The discussions on the list are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention.
  • Consistent with APA ethical principles, list members are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. Listserv members should consider these factors when communicating with other listserv members and when communicating about others on the list serve.
  • Please avoid messages that are not directly related to psychology. Don't post commercial messages or advertisements, as well as unrelated political messages, meetings, or products. Messages exhorting members to advocate for issues that are not on CNYPA’s or APA's agenda (e.g., minimum wage, Amnesty International, etc.) are not to be placed on CNYPA’s listserv, no matter how worthy the cause.
  • We encourage individuals to post regarding specific upcoming events that may be of interest for psychologists and/or their patients. We request that if you are advertising for your own practice that you limit those posts to no more than once monthly.
  • Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the lists is available for all CNYPA members to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal communications are strictly prohibited.
  • Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner. By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright
    with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.
  • Do not post any protected health information and be cautious with case descriptions because sharing too much detail may risk confidentiality.

Listserv Etiquette

  •  Include a signature or contact information on all messages. This way, other members can reply to you individually rather than to the list, if they prefer.
  • 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.
  • Be thoughtful and careful about forwarding messages to others outside the list, and do not share email material that is private.
  • Never assume messages remain confidential and private.
  • Do not use the list as a substitute for direct clinical supervision.
  • Do not send administrative messages such as, “Remove me from the list,” through the listserv. Instead, use the Web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings. Setting changes can be made using the “my membership settings” tab at


CNYPA is not responsible for the content of messages or posts on the Listserv community, and members assume full responsibility for their messages. These guidelines are subject to continual editing and updating as needed. Changes will be announced on the list as they are made. Comments related to these guidelines may be directed to the CNYPA Board of Directors.

*Please note: We have adapted these guidelines from the guidelines of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.