Adolescent Psychiatry

Lois T. Flaherty
Harvard University Medical School
Cambridge, MA
USA

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Computer-facilitated Therapeutic Dialogue with Adolescents with Behavior Disorders

Author(s): Mohiuddin Ahmed.

Abstract:

Background: Psychotherapy and counseling traditionally relies on a conversational mode involving processing of information that requires attention, concentration, and working memory, all of which may often be somewhat impaired in may people with psychiatric symptoms, thus limiting the optimal effect of “conversational based therapy.” In routine classroom learning situations and in professional presentations for seminars, workshops, and meetings, some forms of visual modality (e.g., blackboard, easel, or PowerPoint slides, printed handouts, etc.) are often used to enhance communication and to limit interference of any “intrusive associations” that many people in general may experience. With the availability of computer technology, the possibility of accompanying oral communication supplanted with visual representation of conversational dialogues in psychotherapy has not yet been recognized or appreciated.

Method: There have been some publications on the computer-facilitated therapy by the author and his colleagues primarily based on author’s work with persons with schizophrenia, and one with behavior disordered adolescents, but this article presents specific case samples detailing more extensively on the use of computer facilitated dialogue techniques from author’s personal experience in working with adolescents.

Discussion: The article highlights how personal goals, problem issues, and steps that one needs to take to reach goals, which can be developed with computer word processor with active client participations. Clinicians can also use the technique to capture the main themes of any counseling or assessment sessions. This technique can be adopted by mental health clinicians from different disciplines, including by the medication practicing clinicians in working with adolescent or adult psychiatric patients.

Keywords: Adolescents with psychiatric problems, behaviorally disordered adolescents, Computerfacilitated therapy, mind stimulation therapy, psychotherapy and counseling with adolescents.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 6
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2016
Page: [140 - 147]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/2210676606666160919145248
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