For the past few years I find more and more people using smartphone apps for professional purposes. I admit that I've been hesitant to give up pen-and-paper for more advanced methods. But I will also admit that there are some really neat and useful apps out there for the mental health professional. I have also been stubbornly resisting electronic change, mainly because I don't want to have to deal with figuring out how to navigate a complicated, non-intuitive application. If you too enjoy electronic simplicity and how it can be applied to your profession, below are two applications specific to individuals who need to better manage anxiety.
Blog posts with the tag "Clinical Skills"
Every time we turn around, it seems like the world is getting a bit more technologically complex. Between computers, smartphones, E-mail, it seems like everywhere you look technology has made its presence felt. Though it can be overwhelming at times, this influx of technology also provides new opportunities deal with existing problems as well. Today we’re going to take a look at a few of the ways people are using this technological boom to potentially help those with PTSD.
Are decisions to depart from a prescribed treatment format and content foolhardy or signs of ingenuity? Working at a clinical training site, I will often get asked about possible modifications to treatment protocols or when it might be acceptable to deviate from a protocol. This issue raises several important questions about clinical practice and the underlying factors that influence our choices when providing patient care. To explore the issue of departing or making modifications to treatment protocols, I surveyed a panel of our CDP staff that has extensive experience in providing training and consultation on evidence based treatment protocols to get their feedback on the following questions.
Over the past year I’ve taught multiple workshops on “CBT for Depression in the Military” to both uniformed and civilian providers, and one of the things I’ve noticed is that participants are often unfamiliar with the general structure of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions.
Participants at our evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) workshops often ask how to determine when patients are ready to engage in these treatments. When I read the article, "VA PTSD Clinic Director Perspectives: How Perceptions of Readiness Influence Delivery of Evidence-Based PTSD Treatment," I was struck by how universal these concerns are. The article describes how providers in VA clinics across the country are addressing these concerns. In reviewing their findings, we might reconsider the assumptions that we each make about patient readiness for EBPs.