Shifting Paradigms in Clinical Psychology

Linda A. Dimeff, Andrew P. Paves, Julie M. Skutch and Eric A. Woodcock

in The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology

Published in print May 2014 | ISBN: 9780199328710
Published online November 2014 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Shifting Paradigms in Clinical Psychology

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The accelerated expanse, affordability, and advances in technology, along with the ubiquitous Web, will continue to radically transform how we prevent and treat behavioral problems and reduce human suffering. These technologies have the potential to break down barriers and close the gap between empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those who need them. This chapter attempts to capture the current use of technology to strengthen and disseminate ESTs. We focus on those areas that have or are expected to have the greatest reach and impact in the years to come. Web- or computer-based technology, virtual reality, mobile technology, and social networking will all be highlighted. We present innovative ideas, the evidence base for existing applications (when available), and future directions. The omnipresence of technology in our daily lives perfectly positions it to be a powerful agent of change in the science and practice of clinical psychology.

Keywords: Computer-based training; computerized CBT; dissemination; empirically supported treatments; innovative technology; mobile technology; social networking treatments; Twitter; virtual reality

Article.  24148 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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