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Workshop 8 - Applying CBT in the Digital Age: E-Mental Health Resources and Skills for Practitioners

Saturday, November 18
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Indigo 204, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Technology / Mobile Health | Evidence-Based Practice | Professional Development
Presentation Type: Workshop
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Enormous advances in digitally-based or "e" mental health care (eMHC), particularly with respect to the dissemination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other telepsychology services, has seen eMHC resources become a significant means for the provision of information about mental health problems, as well as their assessment and treatment by groups that need enhanced strategies to present to mental health services. As a large body of research now supports the efficacy of eMHC in assessing and treating mental health disorders, it is no surprise that mental health policies globally have embraced the digital revolution. Recent eMHC advances have facilitated potential changes to the way in which individual professionals practice and mental health facilities organize services. Furthermore, eMHC resources can be used to train, cue, and support practitioners, particularly with respect to maintaining fidelity of CBT. Such progress is supported by ever-increasing digital access and levels of mental health literacy in the community. While eMHC resources are most commonly integrated into early levels of stepped care systems, mental health professionals now also need to develop specific digital competencies to integrate use of relevant eMHC resources into their own practice to facilitate more efficient and cost-effective services and greater access to specialized skills for people living in remote geographic locations.

A variety of practice models have emerged where eMHC resources can be incorporated into routine clinical practice. However, traditional practitioner training or supervision have not supported the development of e-mental health skills. As a result, many professionals are also unaware of the significant ethical and legal considerations when working in eMHC.

This workshop will redress these oversights by providing a framework for understanding eMHC and its challenges. Different types of commonly available e-MHC resources such as information sites, online peer support groups, online counseling, online self-help and therapist-assisted intervention programs, and mobile "apps" will be presented. Information regarding ethical, legal, and practice issues in the use of e-MHC resources and video-conferencing will be covered.

Earn 3 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Anderson, G., & Hedman, E. (2013). Effectiveness of guided Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy in regular clinician settings. Verhaltenstherapie, 23, 140-148.
Andersson G. & Hedman E. (2013). Effectiveness of Guided Internet-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Regular Clinical Settings. Verhaltenstherapie, 23, 140-148. doi:10.1159/000354779
Klein, B., Meyer, D., Austin, D.W. & Kyrios, M. (2011). Anxiety Online—A Virtual Clinic: Preliminary Outcomes Following Completion of Five Fully Automated Treatment Programs for Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13(4):e89; URL:
Reynolds, J. Griffiths, K.M., Cunningham, J.A., Bennett, K., & Bennett, A. (2015). Clinical practice models for the use of e-mental health resources in primary health care by health professionals and peer workers: A conceptual framework. JMIR Mental Health, 2(1):e6. doi: 10.2196/mental.4200
Reynolds, J., Griffiths, K.M., Cunningham, J.A., Bennett, K. & Bennett, A. (2015). Clinical Practice Models for the Use of E-Mental Health Resources in Primary Health Care by Health Professionals and Peer Workers: A Conceptual Framework. JMIR Mental Health, 2(1):e6. doi:10.2196/mental.4200

Michael Kyrios

Research School of Psychology, Australian National University


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Julia Reynolds

Australian National University


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