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1st Edition

Technology and Mental Health
A Clinician's Guide to Improving Outcomes

Edited By

Greg M. Reger

ISBN 9781138353947
Published October 13, 2020 by Routledge
314 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Technology and Mental Health provides mental health clinicians with expert, practical, clinical advice on the questions and considerations associated with the adoption of mental health technology tools in the computer age.

Increasingly, clinicians want to use technology to provide clients support through smartphones and mobile applications or to reach clients in remote or rural areas. However, using these tools in practice raises many practical and ethical questions. The book explains current technological developments in therapy, including mobile apps, telemental health, and virtual reality programs. Each chapter gives real-world guidance on adopting and using technology interventions, and the book spans a wide range of populations. Providers are introduced to the evidence supporting various technology-based interventions and areas for future development. Combining theory, research, and case studies, this practical guide teaches clinicians how to integrate technology into therapeutic interventions with clients.

Table of Contents

1. Enabling Behavioral Health Measurement-Based Care with Technology 2. Practical Guidance on Reaching Remote Patients Through Telemental Health 3. Internet-Based Mental Health Interventions: Evidence, Practical Considerations, and Future Directions 4. Using Mobile Apps in Mental Health Practice 5. Use of Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Anxiety- and Trauma-Related Disorders 6. Mental Health Practice and Social Media 7. Innovative and Evolving Mobile Mental Health Technologies for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness 8. Technology-Based Interventions for Substance Use Disorders 9. Utilization of Technologies to Support Patients with Eating Disorders 10. Mobile Technology for Tobacco Cessation 11. Older Adults and the Utilization of Mobile and At-Home Health Technologies for Mental Health Care 12. Using Technology to Promote Suicide Prevention 13. Ethical and Legal Issues in the Clinical Use of Technology 14. Improving Mental Health Outcomes with Artificial Intelligence 15. Shared Immersive Environments and Virtual Worlds and their Application in Behavioral Health

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Series Editor(s)


Greg M. Reger, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA.


"Full of scientific insights and real-world suggestions, this compendium is a must for any mental health professional who is interested in leveraging technology to improve the care they provide. A comprehensive, readable, and very practical guide for those venturing into the brave new world of digital mental health."Dror Ben-Zeev, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center at the University of Washington, USA