15 Hours | 15 CEs

This self-paced training program on Foundations in Digital Therapy is presented by C. Barr Taylor, MD and the Center for m²Health at Palo Alto University.

Technology has become an inherent part of modern psychological treatments. This course provides an overview of the use of digital tools and technology in therapy, including a discussion of the evidence base for integrated (“blended”) face-to face and technology-facilitated therapy, a review of different types of tools available for clinicians, and a discussion of ethical and other concerns about providing and using digital therapies. The course also includes information on the relevance of social media to clinical practice as well as empirically-supported strategies that can help engage clients in the use of digital therapy tools. Clinicians will also learn to identify the best tools to use for their particular clinical need and to introduce strategies for addressing client disengagement or non-adherence. Finally, the course includes discussions of relevant ethical and legal concerns. The aim of this course is to prepare clinicians to successfully integrate digital tools in their own clinical practice and, if desired, to seek additional, more specialized training in the use of digital tools.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe 3 benefits and barriers of using technology in clinical care

  • Describe potential challenges and risks of using technology

  • Describe strategies for assessing clients’ digital use and preparing them to use a digital tool

  • Describe the basic principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Describe strategies for choosing the right app or Internet intervention

  • Describe at least 3 mental health apps and Internet intervention programs

  • Describe why using evidence-based programs is important

  • Describe examples of clinical strategies therapists use to engage clients in blended therapy

  • Identify strategies for addressing non-engagement with digital tools

  • Describe key ethical and legal issues in digital therapy

Presented By

C. Barr Taylor, MD

Dr. C. Barr Taylor is a Research Professor at Palo Alto University and Director of the Center for m2Health that focuses on developing, evaluating and disseminating digital health interventions for preventing and treating common mental health problems. He is also Professor of Psychiatry (emeritus) at Stanford University.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Impact of Digital Technology

    • The Use of Technology with Patients with Eating Disorders

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    CBT in Digital Interventions

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Internet-based CBT

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Email and Text Messages

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Internet Interventions and Phone Apps

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Evidence Base for Internet Interventions

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Evidence Based Prevention

    • EBP Report

    • App/digital tool reflection

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Self-Assessment and Self-Monitoring Tools

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Clinical Strategies for Digital Therapy

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Non-adherence app use

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Legal & Ethical Considerations

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Ethical Issues for Direct-to-Consumer Digital Psychotherapy Apps

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Tips for Tele-Mental Health Counseling

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Telepsychology

    • Video Telehealth

    • NBCC Practice of Distance Counseling

    • Setting Up Telehealth Appointments

    • Checklist for Telepsychological Services

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Social Media & Future Directions

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Digital therapy activities

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Summary and Review

    • Lesson 11 Video

  • 13

    Course Evaluation

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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