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Low intensity CBT by mail

By David J. Kavanagh, Jennifer M. Connolly, Angela White, Amy Kelly and Jannette M. Parr

Abstract

Introduction:\ud \ud There are many low intensity (LI) cognitive behavoural therapy (CBT) solutions to the problem of limited service access. In this chapter, we aim to discuss a relatively low-technology approach to access using standard postal services-CBT by mail, or M-CBT. Bibliotherapies including M-CBT teach key concepts and self-management techniques, together with screening tools and forms to structure home practice. M-CBT differs from other bibliotherapies by segmenting interventions and mailing them at regular intervals. Most involve participants returning copies of monitoring forms or completed handouts. Therapist feedback is provided, often in personal letters that accompany the printed materials. Participants may also be given access to telephone or email support. ----- ----- \ud \ud M-CBT clearly fulfills criteria for an LI CBT (see Bennett-Levy et al., Chapter 1, for a definition of LI interventions). Once written, they involve little therapist time and rely heavily on self-management. However, content and overall treatment duration need not be compromised. Long-term interventions with multiple components can be delivered via this method, provided their content can be communicated in letters and engagement is maintained

Topics: 170106 Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Correspondence, Mail
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc.
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:40405
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