The Acceptability of Therapist-Assisted, Internet-Delivered Treatment for College Students
Michele Travers, MD writes that University and college counseling centers struggle with rising service demands without a corresponding increase in resources. Consequently, counseling centers must seek creative ways to not only maintain the status quo, but expand capacity while preserving effectiveness. In other countries, therapist-assisted, Internet-delivered treatment has been effective in treating several common disorders while conserving one third to one half the per client therapist time, suggesting that Therapist-Assisted Internet Based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TAI-CBT) could be an alternative treatment option offered through counseling centers in the United States and one possible solution to increase the number of students effectively treated per therapist hour for certain students seeking services. In this study, 334 students were surveyed to assess the acceptability of this mode of treatment; 217 of these students were currently in counseling or had received counseling in the past. TAI-CBT was endorsed by 34% of the students with past counseling and 16% of the students with no history of receiving counseling. These proportions were comparable to the rates for those who expressed interest in group therapy, which is commonly offered in counseling centers.
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