Message from ABCT's President
Presidential Address-CBT in the Digital Age:
Enhancing Effectiveness and Reach of Research and Psychotherapy
Saturday, November 17, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Marriott Ballroom 1, 2 & 3, Lobby Level
Keywords: Technology/Mobile health | Assessment | CBT
Presentation Type: Special Session
Presenter(s): Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
This year's ABCT conference focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Science, Treatment, and Technology. Our field has come a tremendous way in establishing CBT as the empirically supported treatment of choice for a wide range of mental and behavioral health problems. Nevertheless, our field has also faced consistent challenges in expanding timely access to care, disseminating care that is consistently high in quality and fidelity, and determining which treatment components work - and for whom. Lack of progress on these key issues is due in large part to the time and cost that it has traditionally required to address these issues. We are entering an exciting period in which emerging technologies offer novel solutions to these barriers. Technology-based solutions are often more efficient, cost effective, and agile. I will discuss a number of technology-enabled solutions to our field's age-old challenges. I will also caution the audience that, as we venture into exciting new domains for research and treatment, we must stay attentive to potential pitfalls of these emerging technologies. These include issues of ethics and data privacy, low rates of engagement with technology-based treatments, a wide research to market gap, and lack of empirical support for most app-based treatments. I will conclude with suggestions for how we may approach these potential pitfalls effectively.
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