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Mental Health Smartphone Apps-Review and Evidence-Based Recommendations for Future Developments

About the Course:

The number of mental health apps (MHapps) developed and now available to smartphone mobile phone users has increased in recent years. MHapps, mobile apps, and other technology-based solutions have the potential to play an important part in the future of mental health care, such as treating depression and anxiety, using cognitive behavior therapy ,and other interventions using clinical psychology. However, MHapp developers rarely conduct or publish trial-based experimental validation of their apps. This article attempts to set a clear, evidence based recommendation for creating better MHapps.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Mental Health Smartphone Apps-Review and Evidence-Based Recommendations for Future Developments created by David Bakker, B Psych (Hons), Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, and Debra Rickwood, BA (Hons), PhD in 2016.

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Course Material Authors

David Bakker, B Psych (Hons)

David Bakker completed a Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University, and has previously worked in the field of community and mental health – in disability support, rural mental health outreach, youth health, hospitals, and private practice. He has taught psychology and counselling at Monash University, where he has also researched and developed mental health mobile apps, such as MoodMission.

Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD

Dr. Kazatzis is a psychologist and researcher who has published more than 100 works in journals and books. His research focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Debra Rickwood, BA (Hons), PhD

Dr. Rickwood is a professor in the Psychology Department, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia. She has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the best treatment approach for smartphones

  2. Indentify the 16 components and application should have.

  3. Recognize the disorders that are effectively treated through a smartphone based app.

Course Material

References begin on page 19.

Course Material

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Course Number 102470
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