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Internet-Delivered Therapeutic Interventions in Human Services

Methods, Interventions and Evaluation, 1st Edition

Edited by Jerry Finn, Dick Schoech


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There has been exponential growth in use of the Internet to deliver therapeutic and supportive human services. Online interventions are known by a variety of names, including online practice, e-therapy and others. All refer to the delivery of services over the Internet through a variety of delivery systems including asynchronous email, video and chat communication, and closed-circuit video conferencing. They include services delivered by professionals such as psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, counsellors and nurses as well as self-help groups with a therapeutic purpose and supportive services provided by trained volunteers.

This book presents the most current research on online practice. Topics include: descriptions of innovative online practice, evaluation studies of online practice with specific disorders, meta-analysis of the effectiveness of online practice, education and training of online practitioners, methods for the delivery of online practice, organizational policy and ethical issues related to online practice, online crisis intervention and hotline services, and considerations for meeting legal and ethical requirements of online practice.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Technology in Human Services.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Jerry Finn (U of WA), Dick Schoech (U of TX-Arlington)

2. A Comprehensive Review and a Meta-Analysis of the Effectiveness of Internet-Based Psychotherapeutic Interventions Azy Barak, Liat Hen, Meyran Boniel-Nissim, Na'ama Shapira (U of Haifa, Israel)

3. Development of a New Approach to Guided Self-Help via the Internet: The Swedish Experience Gerhard Andersson, Jan Bergstrm, Monica Buhrman, Per Carlbring, Fredrik Hollndare, Viktor Kaldo, Elisabeth Nilsson-Ihrfelt, Bjrn Paxling, Lars Strm, Johan Waara (Uppsala & Linkoping U, Sweden)

4. An Internet-Based Self-Help Program for the Treatment of Fear of Public Speaking: A Case Study C. Botella, M. J. Gallego, A. Garcia-Palacios, R. M. Baos, S. Quero, V. Guillen (U Jaume and U de Valencia, and Instituto Salud Carlos III, Spain)

5. Evaluation of the RAINN National Sexual Assault Online Hotline Jerry Finn, (U WA), Penelope Hughes (RAINN, WA)

6. A Safe Place for Predators: Online Treatment of Recovering Sex Offenders Poco D. Kernsmith, (Wayne State U) Roger M. Kernsmith (Eastern MI U)

7. The Need for Web-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy Among University Students Ove K. Lintvedt, Kristian Srensen, Andreas R. stvik, Bas Verplanken, Catharina E. Wang (U Tormso, Norway)

8. Issues in the Evaluation of an Online Prevention Exercise Bhavana Pahwa (White Plains Youth Bureau, NY), Dick Schoech (U of TX-Arlington)

9. The LivePerson Model for Delivery of Etherapy Services: A Case Study Jerry Finn (U WA), Sharon Bruce (private practice, Levant, ME)

10. Ethical Issues in the Provision of Online Mental Health Services (Etherapy) Donna M. Midkiff, W. Joseph Wyatt (Marshall U, Huntington WV)

11. How Sturdy is that Digital Couch? Legal Considerations for Mental Health Professionals Who Deliver Clinical Services via the Internet Jason S. Zack (U of PA)

12. Best Practices in Online Therapy Jo-Anne M. Abbott (Swinburne U, Australia), Britt Klein Lisa(Swinburne U, Australia), Ciechomski (Monash U, Australia)

13. Grounding Online Prevention Interventions in Theory: Guidelines from a Review of Selected Theories and Research Brian Peng (Kaohsiung U, Taiwan), Dick Schoech (U TX-Arlington)

14. Design Imperatives to Enhance Evidence-Based Interventions with Persuasive Technology: A Case Scenario in Preventing Child Maltreatment Walter LaMendola (U of Denver), Judy Krysik (Arizona State U)

15. Therapeutic Applications of Online Gaming Paul P. Freddolino, Christina M. Blaschke (Michigan State U)

16. Cybercounseling Online: The Development of a University-Based Training Program for E-mail Counseling Lawrence Murphy (Worldwide Therapy Online, Canada), Robert MacFadden (U of Toronto, Canada), Dan Mitchell (Worldwide Therapy Online, Canada)

17. Etherapy: A Training Program for Development of Clinical Skills in Distance Psychotherapy Georgina Crdenas, Berenice Serrano, Lorena Flores, Anabel Rosa (U National Autonomous U, Mexico)

18. Conclusion Jerry Finn (U of WA), Dick Schoech (U of TX-Arlington)

About the Editors

Jerry Finn is currently a Professor of Social Work, University of Washington Tacoma teaching research and human behavior. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Information Technology in Human Services and several other social science journals, and is co-editor of the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Dick Schoech is a Professor teaching administration, community practice, and human services technology at the University of Texas -Arlington (UTA), School of Social Work. He the chair of HUSITA (, an international organization promoting the ethical and effective use of technology to better serve humanity and is the founding editor (1985) of The Journal of Technology in Human Services, published by Taylor and Francis.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Health Policy
MEDICAL / Hospital Administration & Care