What is eTherapy?
eTherapy refers to the delivery of structured early intervention/treatment programs for clinical disorders/symptoms via the internet with or without human support.
e-Interventions is a broader more encompassing term that refers to 'mental and behavioural health promotion, prevention, treatment and management-oriented interventions that are delivered via the internet (or other electronic technologies), with or without human support' - with one of the most common types being 'eTherapies' or 'web-based interventions'.
Since 1998, our team has been developing, evaluating and delivering these types of eTherapy programs and other types of e-Interventions.
National eTherapy Centre (NeTC)
In 2008 the eTherapy Research Unit established the National eTherapy Centre (NeTC). NeTC is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and currently offers Mental Health Online: a full service psychological assessment and treatment clinic for high prevalence mental health disorders.
Mental Health Online provides information about a range of mental health disorders, free automated psychological assessment and automated self-help programs, plus low cost therapist-assisted programs over 12 weeks.
NeTC offers evidence-based treatment programs for single disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, depression, bulimia, and insomnia. In the first half of 2014, we will also launch a program that is targeted to client age and gender, and incorporates material from up to three individual treatment programs, so that people who experience more than one clinical disorder can register for an integrated treatment package targeted to their individual needs.
NeTC also provides healthcare professionals with free access to our online CBT-based treatment programs. Register now
SMART Research Program
We are also working with the Victorian Department of Health and a number of mental health organisations across Victoria to develop and research how online resources can be used within specialist mental health services to promote personal recovery in people with severe mental health problems. This includes the development of materials that can be used by mental health workers during interactions with consumers on a tablet computer, as well as being accessed directly by consumers and their family members at home. These have been developed in close collaboration with users of mental health services, including multimedia featuring people talking about their personal experiences of mental health problems.