Clinical Psychology in the Digital Age

Clinical Psychology in the Digital Age

Series Name Psychology Cultures Seminar
Speaker Professor Helen Pote
Type Lectures & Talks
When 09 Dec 2019, 02:30PM - 04:30PM
Venue Bennett Lecture Theatre 2
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Carl Gudgeon

Clinical psychology in the digital age
Professor Helen Pote
Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Director & Deputy Programme Director, Royal Holloway, University of London
Chair of the Digital Healthcare Committee for the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society.

Professor Helen Pote will be speaking about Clinical psychology in the digital age, exploring the opportunities and dilemmas it presents for clinicians and services. She will argue that psychological practitioners should receive more training to be able to work safely, ethically and effectively in delivering digital interventions to their clients.

As more patients reach for online therapy, apps and skype consultations for mental health support, digital mental health is emerging in routine clinical practice. Helen will outline the policy context for these developments and address fears associated with new technology within psychological professions. She will argue that Clinical Psychologists and service users should be at the forefront of digital mental health change.

Achieving clinical engagement within e-Health systems and equipping clinicians with the knowledge and skills to deliver digital mental health solutions remains a huge challenge for services and educators. Defining the digital competences required for psychologists and getting digital mental health on the professional education agenda is an important step in addressing this challenge. Helen will present the recently developed digital competence framework for psychological practitioners. This sets the standards for workforce development and training in the digital realm. It is hoped in the future all new practitioners will receive training on digital mental health as part of their initial training and e-learning packages are being developed to support roll out of this training.

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