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ADCA Welcomes U.S.-Based State Board Licensed Counselors who offer web-based distance counseling services.


  "Distance Counselors" who practice from a private website or a group website staffed by only state board licensed therapists, are encouraged to apply.  ADCA requires one year of documented distance counseling experience prior to applying for Clinical Membership. 

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Distance Counseling in the News


 A new study in The American Journal of Psychiatry evaluates the merits of digital therapy. by Christie Nicholson

E-Therapy: Working It Out Online

Back in the good old days on the Internet—hmmm, I think

it was 2006—a Georgia psychologist, D. Craig Kerley, Psy.D., ran the first therapy group in "Second Life," a 3-D virtual world online. He had 400 members.

Today there are many more groups, including the Online Therapy Institute, a reputable think tank for clinician avatars.

E-therapy is not new: The first computer–patient interview happened on a one-K machine in 1966.

But what about real results?

This month, July 2008, The American Journal of Psychiatry published a study of computer-based training for cognitive-behavioral therapy (aka CBT4CBT). Seventy-seven cocaine-adicted subjects seeking treatment received general drug counseling or computer counseling in addition to traditional counseling.

The digital therapy included games, graphic illustrations, video and audio instructions, along with examples that dealt with cravings, refusing drug offers, problem solving and other coping skills.

Those getting digital help had half the number of coke-positive urine samples as those receiving traditional counseling. The digital group also showed longer abstinence from drug use (although the results were not statistically significant).

No signs that e-help will usurp humans—yet. But for now, it offers cheap, accurate and flexible healing worldwide, and 24/7.

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