W11 -​​ 
An Online Psychotherapy Clinic: A New Method of Delivering Therapy​​ 

Saturday, 24 October​​ 

11:15 – 12:45 (1.5 hrs)
Shadé Miller*, MD; Nazanin Alavi, MD; Archana Patel, MD; Caitlin Yee, MD​​ 


CanMEDS Roles:​​ 

  • Medical Expert​​ 

  • Leader​​ 

  • Health Advocate​​ 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:​​ 1) Identify the background and necessity of delivering electronic psychotherapeutic care to meet the needs of the population; 2) Demonstrate the use of an online clinic for the delivery of cognitive-behavioural therapy; and 3) Recognize the changing landscape consuming knowledge and adapting psychiatry to meet those needs.​​ 

The unmet need of mental health has significant implications on an individual, the community, and at an institutional and national level. Many factors keep people from accessing care, including stigma to access care, lack of therapist, long wait times, and lack of access in remote areas. Not only does delivery of psychotherapy online address the void of access to care, but it also offers psychiatry the opportunity to meet society’s changing landscape of knowledge consumption. Literature review has demonstrated the equivalency of computer-based therapy to in-person delivery. Preliminary results in the current study show that engagement rates are similar to in-person therapy. The online psychotherapy clinic model is designed to function as a clinic that bridges the familiarity of a practitioner-patient model, with the online-computer based delivery of care.​​ 

In this session, we will discuss the relevancy and emerging evidence for the use of online psychological therapy and the shift from in-person to online modalities. We will also cover particularities of cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety disorders, as well as the challenges of delivering online care. Finally, we will discuss the future landscape of an online psychotherapy clinic.


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  • Forsell Y. The pathway to meeting need for mental health services in Sweden. Psychiatr Serv 2006;57(1):114–9.

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