Apps for Therapy, Therapists, and Self-Help: A Refresher



Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:00 pm
Alternative Therapies

This webinar is not eligible for CE credit. 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 not eligible for CE credit. 

Presenter(s) Biography

Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT

Member Since 2007

Dr. Rego is the Chief Psychologist, Director of Psychology Training, and Director of the CBT Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, the academic medical center and University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the nation's premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. Simon Rego is an ADAA Clinical Fellow.

Dr. Rego and ADAA

“I have been an active member of the ADAA since joining in 2007! I started getting involved by presenting a poster at the annual conference in Savannah, Georgia in 2008 and don’t think I’ve missed a conference since joining! I love the mission, focus, and multidisciplinary membership of ADAA. It’s also just the right size to be comprehensive in what it can offer, while still being nimble enough to address emerging issues in the field and meet the needs of its members.

There’s a real sense of community –and not just at the conference. It creates opportunities to connect throughout the year with colleagues with research and clinical backgrounds, at all levels of training, and across various disciplines.

Over the years, I’ve been able to participate in the association as a poster presenter, as well as both a panelist and chair of several clinical roundtables and workshops. I’ve also been able to get involved in the association’s governance, first as a committee member, then as a committee chair, and finally, as a member of the Board of Directors! More recently, I was honored to have been selected to lead a master clinician session at the 2020 conference in San Antonio, TX. Following this, I, along with my esteemed colleague here at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Jonathan Alpert, will be co-chairing the 2021 conference in Boston, MA! All of this has helped my work in terms of making connections for collaborations, strengthening my CV for academic promotion, and helping with patient referrals for my practice.

It really is an organization with something for everyone. It is especially welcoming of more junior members and emphasizes integrating diverse perspectives. We are all going to work with patients with anxiety and depression during the course of our careers, so I can’t imagine why someone in our field would not want to join! What better way to stay on top of current developments?”

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