College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Controversy clarified: an updated review of clinical psychology and tele-health

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2011

Keywords

Internet, Clinical Psychology, Telemedicine

Publication Title

Clinical Psychology Review

ISSN

0272-7358

Volume

31

Issue/No.

8

Abstract

One of the most controversial topics in the field of clinical psychology, online tele-health, or the integration of computers and the internet with therapeutic techniques, remains at the forefront of many debates. Despite potential interest, there are numerous factors that a psychologist must consider before integrating an online tele-health intervention into their own practice. This article outlines literature pertinent to the debate. The article begins with a brief history of the use of non-face-to-face interventions as well as the earliest recorded use of "tele-health" before discussing the modern benefits and risks associated with usage. Considerations for the psychologist as well as the client are detailed; incorporating ethical implications. The authors conclude that the utilization of tele-health interventions is an exponentially expanding field that should continue to be explored. Despite many well-conceived studies, a psychologist should educate themselves in all aspects of the new modes of intervention (e.g., ethical, legal, evidence-based treatments) before attempting to implement them into everyday practice. The article ends with a discussion on the acceptance among psychologists, as well as the outlook for the future.

DOI

10.1016/j.cpr.2011.08.003

Peer Reviewed

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