Our lives are increasingly taking place online; virtual relationships exist alongside real relationships, and technological applications are part of our everyday life. The digital revolution is also entering mental health care. The therapy room can now extend to the living room and the wider living environment of the client: online self-help can supplement and strengthen traditional psychological care.
Online self-help refers to a wide range of online tools, such as diaries, guided exercises, instructions, informative texts, demonstration videos, chat boxes, questionnaires, ... that clients can use autonomously. In combination with face-to-face therapy sessions, they can intensify growth and change.
In the future, online self-help tools will be added to the digital platform of QIT online. As a caregiver you can provide more blended care, without having to purchase additional applications.
From 1/3/2018 to 31/3/2019 we rolled out a project with the support of VLAIO (Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship). This study investigated the opportunities and challenges for the successful integration of online self-help in regular mental health care provision.
We wanted to gain more insight into the factors that can facilitate or complicate the embedding of online tools. We also wanted to understand how a successful connection between e-health and regular healthcare can be achieved. How can online tools make psychological care more accessible? Can they offer opportunities for more tailor-made care?
From the inspiring exchange with clients, care providers and policy developers, the idea grew to create a community that looks at the psychotherapy of the future in a more sustainable way. Regular meetings will be organized to reflect on how innovative technology can strengthen the work of psychotherapy.
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In collaboration with CGG Ahasverus and with a project subsidy from Flanders' Care (Department of Welfare, Public Health and Family) an online intervention program was developed to support parents with a child / young person with psychological and / or psychiatric problems. This program was named 'Parents Online'.
The tool is largely based on the Emotion-Focused Family Therapy model from Dolhanty & Lafrance (www.emotionfocusedfamilytherapy.org) and can be offered before, during or after a treatment process.
Parents are guided through 5 subsequent steps to help them cope better with difficult emotions of their child:
Step 1: Noticing emotions
Step 2: Identifying emotions
Step 3; Recognizing emotions
Step 4: Meeting needs
Step 5: Working together on a solution
An illustrative video is shown for each step and parents are offered exercises that they first perform in theory and then in practice.
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