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Conference Day 2: Early Afternoon Selections 2:30 - 4:00

"integrating e-health applications into schema therapy: exploring client and therapist satisfaction" 

 hot topic by sally skewes 

In this presentation I will explore the subjective impact of and satisfaction with an e-health app, SecureNest.org (Secure Nest), which has been developed as a tool for schema therapy.

As the therapeutic landscape changes alongside advances in technology, therapists will have access to increasingly innovative ways of meeting their clients’ needs. E-health apps are rising in popularity, providing new avenues for therapists to capitalize on modern tools to connect with their clients. A growing body of research indicates that therapists are able to take advantage of technology-assisted therapies judiciously, in order to enhance clients’ between-session-experience through facilitating engagement in the therapeutic process and fostering growth of the therapeutic alliance.

A therapist focus group and individual client interviews were conducted to qualitatively explore the use of Secure Nest as a means of enhancing the experience of face-to-face schema therapy for clients and therapists in a psychology clinic setting. 

The results of the study were promising. However, due to the methodological limitations firm conclusions cannot be drawn on the extent to which the answers were due to participants' response to therapy in general, to Secure Nest specifically or to other variables. Qualitative findings provide insight into the value of Secure Nest along with highlighting pitfalls that therapists and clients could experience when using an e-health app. Secure Nest is likely to be a useful tool for enhancing client and therapist satisfaction.

Sally Skewes Bio:

Sally Skewes is an Advanced Certified Schema Therapist in private practice and a supervisor at the University of South Australia. Her clinical and research focus has been on increasing the availability of schema therapy in a time of diminishing healthcare resources. She has explored the use of short-term group schema therapy for personality disorders and has experience as a psychologist with a range of e-therapies which can increase treatment accessibility and engagement. She has recently co-founded and developed an e-Health tool designed specifically as an adjunct to schema therapy. She is particularly interested in the way in which technology can influence the process of therapy.

Why Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy has been extensively researched to effectively treat a wide variety of typically treatment resistant conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Read our summary of the latest research comparing the dramatic results of schema therapy compared to other standard models of psychotherapy.

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