We get many inquires at iCouch about what our product is all about. Probably several dozen a week from practitioners probably a lot like you. This post is to answer some of the common questions and shed some light on just what this iCouch "thing" actually will do for your behavioral health practice.
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Should you let your web browser remember your passwords for online services? We all do it. Modern web browsers make it really easy to do this and, given how frequently we use passwords, it can be a huge timesaver. However, a browser that remembers passwords is only as secure as the computer running it. What this means is that if your computer is outside of your control (it's stolen, someone else in the office borrows it (even for just a few minutes,) it creates a considerable risk.
What's the difference between online therapy and in-person therapy?
Nothing really. Online therapy is simply a modality. It's not a distinct "thing." We get inquiries almost every day from people who want to become an online therapist. The interesting thing is that some of these people aren't mental health practitioners at all, yet there's a pervasive myth that becoming an online therapist is somehow different than becoming a "regular" therapist. It's not. Online modalities are just that: modalities. It just a method by which treatment is delivered.
There are some differences however between delivering a counseling session using the internet and delivering treatment in an office.
Hear iCouch CEO Brian Dear explain the ideas and passion behind iCouch.
Therapy has been a bit of a step child in health care.
A child has a sore throat and parents race to the pediatrician only to be told to gargle with salt water. A child has depression and parents often think to do nothing by try to cheer her up.
Topics: About iCouch
In the May 11, 2015 Psychological Bulletin of the American Psychological Association assert that the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for treating depression is falling. Norwegian researchers Tom J. Johnsen and Oddgeir Friborg conducted a meta-analysis of psychological trials from 1977 through 2014. Their conclusion? CBT is less effective now than it used to be. It's an interesting study and of course a person might ask:
Today we just launched the Practitioner Networking group on Slack. Slack is a team collaboration and chat tool that is used by a large number of companies for corporate chat, however, we re purposed it into a great community for mental health professionals, interns and students.
- You maximize your productivity.
- You improve the client experience.
In our recent post about the iCouch therapist calendar, we discussed some of the great new features coming to the new iCouch therapy practice management system. A commenter, Mr. Daniel Jackson, had several concerns about our product. First, I want to thank Mr. Jackson for his thoughtful comment. It's clear that he cares deeply about taking care of patients and protecting their privacy. We certainly share his passion. I would like to respond to each of Mr. Jackson's concerns here.
We are blown away by how many of you have signed up for the iCouch Early Access list. For those that don't know the early access list is simply an email list of behavioral health professionals who are interested in being notified when the new iCouch is ready for release.
We're still on track for a late summer release, but in the meantime, I wanted to provide the occasional sneak peek into the great new stuff that is coming! Today, I'm going to share a little about the therapist appointment calendar.
Are the behavioral health professions in the midst of a diversity problem? Almost 70% of psychology practitioners are women despite being just 51% of the general population in the United States. Is this a problem? In light of diversity initiatives in other industries, should the behavioral health professions be concerned about under representation?
Topics: Mental Health Profession