Clinical Health Psychology Grand Rounds--- Computerized CBT

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Length: 110 minutes

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Session offered by Division 38.

The evidence base for computerised cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) in common mental health problems is expanding rapidly. Recent reviews and meta-analyses have produced promising findings regards to CCBT in terms of effectiveness and acceptability (e.g. Andrews et al., 2010; Cuijpers et al., 2009, Kaltenthaler et al, 2008ab, Marks, Cavanagh & Gega, 2007). In the United Kingdom, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE, 2006, 2009) recommends CCBT as a treatment choice for panic, phobia, and persistent sub-threshold and mild-to-moderate depression within the National Health Service (NHS). CCBT is offered to clients with common mental health problems in a range of contexts including primary care (e.g. Proudfoot et al., 2004; Cavanagh et al., 2006; 2009), specialist CBT therapy clinics (e.g. Learmonth et al., 2006) and dedicated Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services (Cavanagh, Seccombe and Lidbetter, 2011; Clark et al., 2009; Department of Health, 2007; 2008). Further developments in the delivery of CCBT are evident in a number of other international health service contexts (e.g. the Netherlands, Australia) and in the United States (Cartereine, Ahern & Locke, 2009).

This Clinical Round will introduce computerised cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) within its international context, focusing on the dissemination and delivery of CCBT in primary care. Excerpts from empirically supported CCBT programs will be demonstrated and the evidence base for CCBT evaluated. Individual cases and service level examples of CCBT in practice will be presented – from initiation to termination of care. The advantages of using CCBT resources including availability, acceptability and flexibility will be explored. We’ll go on to discuss some of the challenges for the implementation and optimisation of CCBT in routine care, highlighting good practice guidelines for individual practitioners and healthcare organisations for improving uptake, engagement and completion of CCBT programs to enhance sustainable user benefits. Future directions for research and practice will also be explored.

Learning Objective 1
Explain the development, evaluation, and implementation of computerised cognitive behavioral therapies for common mental health problems.

Learning Objective 2
Discuss the empirical status of computerised cognitive behavioral therapies for common mental health problems.

Presenters: Kate Cavanagh, DPhil