Online Therapy: Shaping the Future of our Field

Jen Labanowski, Shelly Smith, Jaclyn Cravens, Aaron Norton

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The widespread availability, affordability, and popularity of technology has influenced individuals’ lives in unimaginable ways. The healthcare system has seen significant shifts, with telehealth quickly changing and shaping the future of healthcare accessibility and delivery. Telemental health (TMH) services, or the use of telecommunication to provide and access mental health assessment and intervention across distance, has the potential to significantly change the mental health field. These changes include the opportunity for therapists to reach more clients while decreasing the stigma around mental, emotional, and relational health services. But without the proper research, education, and preparation, we put ourselves and our clients at risk. While technology continues to advance and therapy adapts to new available resources, we, as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), are faced with a decision. We can take advantage of new technology that will shape our field for the better or w
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAmerican Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
StatePublished - May 2019


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