Simon Rego, BoD_0.jpgFeaturing: Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT


Apps for Therapy, Therapists, and Self-Help: A Refresher
April 26, 2017 | 12 noon – 1:00 pm ET

Webinar Description:

The aim of this webinar is to provide a refresher on the use of apps in clinical practice, first by giving an update on the adoption and use of apps, then by reviewing the risks and benefits associated with using apps in clinical practice, and finally, by highlighting some of the most popular mental health apps.

Despite the numerous advances that have been made in the field, many experts (e.g., Kazdin & Blase, 2011) believe that mental health professionals are not likely to reduce the prevalence, incidence, and burden of mental illness without a major shift in intervention research and clinical practice. For example, approximately 89.3 million Americans currently live in the 4,000 communities designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas. These communities lack a sufficient number of mental health care experts to address residents’ needs (Fisher, et al., 2017), and even when mental health providers are available, a variety of barriers interfere with help-seeking, including: transportation challenges, costs, and concerns about stigma. Fortunately, we are in the midst of the mobile revolution, spurred by both the advances in mobile technology and the widespread adoption of that technology (Erhardt & Dorian, 2013). The rise of mobile technology has led to explosive growth in software applications (i.e., “apps”), with an increasing number of these apps being created for medical and behavioral health. Using mobile technologies to more rapidly and accurately assess and treat mental health problems represents this much-needed major shift in intervention research and clinical practice and therefore has great potential to transform the care of psychological disorders. While this is a very promising development, there are several key issues that need to be addressed, including: efficacy, regulation, data security and privacy, licensure and jurisdiction, and safety and liability.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. provide an update on the adoption and use of apps
  2. review the risks and benefits associated with using apps in clinical practice
  3. highlight some of the most popular mental health apps

Presentation level: Introductory

This webinar is eligible for 1 CE.


Erhardt, D., & Dorian, E. (2013). Going mobile: A case vignette illustrating the integration of mobile technology in psychotherapy. Independent Practitioner, 33(1), 15-21.
Fisher, E., Hasselberg, M., Conwell, Y., Weiss, L., Padrón, N. A., Tiernan, E., ... & Pagán, J. A. (2017). Telementoring Primary Care Clinicians to Improve Geriatric Mental Health Care. Population Health Management.
Kazdin, A. E., & Blase, S. L. (2011). Rebooting psychotherapy research and practice to reduce the burden of mental illness. Perspectives on psychological science, 6(1), 21-37.

Presenter's Biography:

Chief Psychologist, Director of Psychology Training, and Director of the CBT Training Program, Montefiore Medical Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Founding
Clinical Fellow, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Dr. Rego is a licensed clinical psychologist with close to 20 years of experience in using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based psychological treatments.

Learn more from Dr. Rego at the Anxiety and Depression Conference 2017

  • A Mobile Mental Health Apps ‘Show and Tell”: App Demonstrations and Practice Implementation. Friday, April 7: 12:30 PM  - 1:30 PM
  • Mobile Mental Health Apps in 2017 – Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? Friday, April 7: 1:30 PM  - 3:30 PM
  • Mastering the Match: All You Need to Know about the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Saturday, April 8: 11:30 AM  - 1:00 PM