The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the Participatory Web to mental health professionals. We begin by providing a definition and classification for the term by reviewing its historical roots, technical specificities, and how Web 1.0 gave rise to Web 2.0, social media and ultimately the Participatory Web. Although Facebook and Twitter seem pervasive in popular culture, the same is not true in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and neurology. Anecdotal evidence suggests these tools are being used in clinical contexts, but very little empirical research exists. We describe some of the pioneering research in the field that is establishing the case for Participatory Web tools in evidence-based practice. We then discuss the untapped potential that the participatory web holds for mental health. Due to the lack of research, there is a huge opportunity for researchers and practitioners in the mental health field to determine the most effective uses of these technologies as they did with Web 1.0 technologies. Tools enabled by Participatory Web technology are ubiquitous. Data shows that more and more adults are using the technology; social networks are not just for teenagers anymore. In the second half of the chapter, we describe how to sign up and use some of the most popular Participatory Web tools including wikis, blogs, and social networking sites. The first step in leveraging these tools in clinical practice is to become familiar with how they work. It is time to participate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Technology in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neurology
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9781621000044
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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