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Is Distance Treatment the Wave of the Future?

With advances in technology, distance learning on college campuses has exploded over the last decade.  And as time passes, the mental health community is taking note.

Students want to study when they want and how they want.  Distance learning makes education available to those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get off of work, travel to class or spend hours in lectures.  

That same increase in convenience and availability could have a real impact for people seeking psychological treatment. Is distance treatment ready to take off?

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Is Distance Treatment the Wave of the Future?

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  1. I thoroughly agree that the treatment must be individualized with the client. If distance therapy would benefit the client then there should be full support for this modality. With the ubiquitous video cameras in smartphones, smart tvs, video gaming systems, tablets, laptops, and desktops, the video therapy is a superb choice for the busy lifestyle of today. The treatment, of course, must be empirically validated but a licensed professional (counselor, social worker, psychologist, marriage family therapist, etc…) is used to providing up to date interventions that work appropriately with the client. With the ever changing technology, the means to have user interface will only increase with the use of the internet and changes can be immediate with a major reduction in practitioner and client cost (i.e. printing, writing utensils, travel expenses, time off work, time away from family, etc…). Hopefully the insurance companies and licensing boards will give their nod to this worthwhile service. It’s all about client care, right? If the boards highly recommend, if not mandate, evening hours to make services available to all who desire services then distance therapy would meet these needs. Distance therapy would also improve safety for the practitioners and clients as evening hours, in some locations, can be very dangerous. The therapy could take place in the saftey of the practitioner and client’s own four walls.



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