In today's episode of The Psychology World Podcast, we'll be looking at the future of psychology. In terms of clinical and abnormal psychology.
I hope you enjoy.
Changing Landscapes: 2040 Visions by Connor Whiteley
“Turning my head as I sip my coffee, I no longer see the four walls of my office and I no longer have to commute an hour each day merely to get to the nearest NHS trust so I can treat my patients.
Instead, I see the young minds for budding psychologists all around me helping to the deliver treatment with other trained professionals all in the same room as myself.
The reason for us all being in the same working environment isn’t because of budget cuts, NHS problems nor the rise of people who need mental health treatment or aid.
Instead, it is because most NHS psychologists work in co-working spaces now as this allows us to deliver teletherapy, which after the coronavirus pandemic and other problems all those years ago, became more popular and critical in the field of psychotherapy.
My friend waves at me as she logins onto her computer to deliver a new type of psychotherapy that was specially adapted for teletherapy, and as the world evolved to need mental health professionals more and more. It was only logical for new psychotherapies to be made for this new online era.
Also, she mouthed ‘thank you’ to me because I helped her with a formulation for one of her clients that she was stuck with. This simple act reminded me why I prefer these new co-working spaces when the NHS first emphasized them; of course, I hated them because surely in-person psychotherapy in an NHS hospital was the only place for treatment, but I was wrong.
I love these co-working spaces because it gave me the chance to network with other amazing professionals and it wasn’t rare for us to talk shop and bounce ideas off one another, as well as I know the great impact that this has had on my clients.
Of course, there is always the need for psychotherapy to be delivered in person and that’s another great benefit to this new co-working way of life as it allows us to mobile so when we need to we can quickly jump in our cars or public transport to deliver treatment to the client in the comfort of their own home.
Despite my resistance to this co-working stuff at first, the past 20 years have changed the world and psychology forever, and if I want to continue to deliver treatment and support to people in need then I must change as well…”
Abnormal Psychology Evidence:
Knowing what a lot of people will be thinking; including myself at one point; I wanted to take this opportunity to tell that teletherapy and co-working spaces aren’t new or this mythical thing that will end the profession as we know it.
As a result, there are many examples of co-working spaces designed specifically for mental health professionals currently being used. For example, The Collaborative in Miami, Florida.
In addition, there has been research into the effectiveness of teletherapy and one JAMA article in 2012 found that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) delivered through teletherapy is just as effective as traditional CBT, as well as the study, found that the drop-out rate was lower for the patients receiving CBT through teletherapy.
Another study that explored the effectiveness of teletherapy was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders in 2014 and it found that teletherapy was just as effective at treating depression, if not better than the more traditional in-person CBT.
As you can see teletherapy, as well as co-working spaces, could be the future of psychology as teletherapy in the case of CBT is effective and as the world changes after the COVID-19 pandemic. Teletherapy could rise in popularity as the profession adapts to meet the needs of people.
Overall, I hope you enjoyed today's episode.
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Wagner, B. Maercker, A (2014) Internet-based versus face-to-face cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression: A randomized controlled non-inferiority trial, Journal of Affective Disorders,152–154, 113-121
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