In 2014, we redesigned our website to be interactive, engaging, and user friendly. With the redesign, we also began cultivating more and more exclusive web-only content. We could not have anticipated the overwhelming interest in our web-only content, which often solicits authors to write companion pieces to works they have published in our Psychotherapy journal or Psychotherapy Bulletin sister publications. Recognizing that our content was fast outgrowing our website, we again took on the project of overhauling the website over the 2017 year.
We worked closely with Doug Nicola at Real Fun Art to redesign the look and feel of the website, categorize and tag over 430 articles and news items, and increase the amount of interaction and engagement that users have with the website.
Moving forward we'll be monitoring how our audience uses the website to continue making developments that enhance usability. We'll also be rolling out a members only section of the website and introducing an Internet Editor's Column that focuses on these website enhancements. The new column will also share ways for researchers, practitioners, and policy developers to utilize website technology in their endeavors.
Below are some highlights and a "tour" of sorts to take you through the new site. We are so excited to share this with you; welcome to the new site and we hope you enjoy!
1. Menu & Header
We have incorporated two menus (a top header, and a menu) that increase the usability and functionality of the website. The top header prominently links to contact information for the Internet Editor, information about joining the Society and writing for the website, and our advanced search page (see below).
The menu now reflects the content of the site. Hovering over menu items will show drop-down items. Categories include: Education & Training, Practice & Research, Social Justice & Public Policy. Under these Categories are sub-categories.
Hovering over each Category yields the sub-categories. Categories and sub-categories can be clicked on. For example, under Education & Training: Article & Book Reviews, Early Career Psychologists, Student Development, Supervision & Training, & Teaching.
2. Advanced Search Page
Our advanced search page, easily located on the top header, allows you to search our entire sitemap (all articles) and a tag cloud. It also includes example Boolean search phrases showing how to include or exclude keywords in searches. You can also see the Top 20 Most Liked Articles.
3. Search Bar Navigation
Click on the magnifying glass icon in the main menu to search for keywords, exact phrases, tags and topics from anywhere on the site. When searching for content, search results return an excerpt from the article, the author name which is hyperlinked to their additional work, number of search hits, highlighted search terms, etc.
We have also developed a system of tagging articles, which can be likened to keywords. We currently have well over 600 tags, plus associated synonyms (e.g., attachment; attachment theory). Each article prominently displays the tags below the title of the article. Or you can take a look at all of the tags, by usage, in our visual tag cloud.
5. Contributing Author Bio Pages
Each author is now set-up with their own “Contributing Author” page which will allow you to upload a photo, short biography, Twitter handle, Facebook page, Google Plus page, and personal website. It will also automatically pull all articles that you've authored for the website (or Bulletin).
The Author Bio link will be found on the right hand side of each article (check mine out which appears directly above my headshot).
If you've ever written for the Bulletin or the website, you have a bio page! Check yours out by searching the site for your name and clicking on the hyperlink to your name. Found it and want to update your page? Email our Web Team to update yours today.
Can't find your bio page? We're happy to help--just send us an email.
6. Online Submission Portal for Web-Only Content
Interested in submitting content to the website? We've redesigned the process to make it easier for you. Check out our page on how to write for the SAP website and when you're ready, you can upload your article here: https://sapwebsite.wufoo.com/forms/psychotherapy-website-sap-author-submission-form/
7. New Ways to Interact with Our Content
We don't want to talk at you, we want to talk with you. To that end, we've enabled commenting on all of our articles where you can post questions, comments, or discussion points and interact with our authors and members. Just scroll to the bottom and you'll be able to enter in your information. Please note: all comments are moderated by our Web Team, so you may not see your comment appear right away. We follow APA's listserv rules and guidelines which can be accessed here: http://listserve.apa.org/infopages/APARules.html
Like what you read? Give the article a thumbs up! Disagree or dislike it, and give us a thumbs down. Now at the end of the article, you'll be able to vote on articles. One vote per article, but vote as many times as you like across all our great content.
Social Media Share Buttons
We wanted to make it easier for you to share content that interests you, or that you want to help disseminate. You'll now notice share buttons on the right hand side of each article (they follow you as you scroll down the page).
On our home page, you'll notice a new sidebar of Popular Articles. This is entirely automated and will show you the most viewed articles on our site over the last 7 days.
A Special Thank You
A sincere note of gratitude is extended to the following individuals for their unending support, time, and effort in helping us create and launch this site:
Jeffrey Ellis - Thank you for tirelessly dedicating hours to uploading posts and creating author pages, but above all else, thank you for the countless hours you spent listening to plans, ideas, and dreams.
Kourtney Schroeder - Thank you for your continued work with our talented authors to cultivate such amazing content which is the backbone of this website. Thank you for being my right-hand woman and assisting with all things web-related.
Elizabeth Davis - Thank you for surpassing my wildest dreams of what our social media platforms can do and thank you for bringing a fun, hip, new perspective to how we interact on social media.
Mary Sedrak and Nicole Sciarrino - Thank you both for your hard work in revamping those posts. It was tedious (to say the very least) and you both were instrumental in helping us deliver the website on time. We are grateful to have two dedicated and passionate students such as yourselves and hope you'll continue with us as a Society!
Tracey Martin - Thank you for all the emails, silly and serious, and for all the support that keeps me sane and loving the work that we do in this division.
Jeff Barnett - Thank you for your mentorship, guidance, and unending support in this large endeavor (amongst many, many other things in my life). From day one you have been supportive of my vision and helped me to deliver this remarkable project.
Board of Directors and Publications Board - Thank you all for your support and encouragement with the process of redesigning the website. The Web Team is grateful for all the feedback and input and we are excited to continue to grow the website in support of the Society's mission of disseminating psychotherapy.
Mark Hilsenroth and Lynett Henderson Metzger - Thank you both for your support in getting materials ready and prepped for the new website, and also for the warm collegial support over the past few years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, and I look forward to our continued collaborations amongst the three SAP publications.
Doug Nicola - No words can describe my gratitude to you, my friend, for the hours of education, validation, and idea exchanging. You have gone above and beyond to deliver what is a remarkable overhaul of this website, which I know will be a tremendous resource in the field of psychotherapy moving forward.
Cite This Article
Ellis, A. E. (2018, January). The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy welcomes you to its new website. [Web article]. Retrieved from http://societyforpsychotherapy.org/the-society-for-the-advancement-of-psychotherapy-welcomes-you-to-its-new-website