Digital CBT (April 2020)

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CBT@Home webinar series

Digital CBT: delivering CBT online and through digital resources

Drs Tania McMahon, Jennifer Connolly and Professor David Kavanagh (Queensland University of Technology)

This approx. 1 hour CBT@Home webinar was recorded in April 2020.

COVID-19 has forced us all to accelerate the digital revolution in healthcare, and there have been already been several webinars about delivering psychological services online or by phone. However, none have specifically focused on delivery of CBT—the new opportunities that a digital medium is giving, as well as addressing the issues the medium raises.

This 1-hour webinar briefly reviews practical tips on getting started, addressing potential issues and some challenges that participants have already faced. It describes how CBT practitioners can integrate digital devices and resources in their work—and how this may increase the impact of their treatments. Two brief case examples within the context of COVID-19 are used to provide concrete demonstrations, while a chat button and polls provide opportunities for everyone to contribute.

Because the webinar is relatively short, it provides links to websites and downloadable resources that give further information or that cover topics (such as Medicare items) that have already been addressed extensively in other webinars.

The presenters—Drs Tania McMahon, Jennifer Connolly and Professor David Kavanagh—are all senior members of the e-Mental Health in Practice team, which has been funded by the Australian Department of Health since 2013, to train and support health practitioners across Australia in the use of digital mental health resources and services. All have extensive experience of providing CBT sessions remotely. They have also developed and researched several web programs and apps based on CBT and have a broad knowledge of digital mental health.

Synopsis (with approximate times):

  1. Introduction/housekeeping (5m)
  2. Strengths and potential issues in digital delivery of CBT, a brief review of practical tips to get started, and responses to issues experienced by participants (20m)
  3. Integration of digital mental health resources and services into a telehealth session: Illustrations using two case examples (15m each).
  4. Final questions and conclusion (5min)


Dr Tania McMahon is a Senior Research Officer within the eMHPrac Team and a registered Clinical Psychologist. She has been a part of Professor David Kavanagh’s ePsychology Research Team for over a decade, helping develop, test and promote a range of telephone-based treatments, online programs and apps to help improve mental health and wellbeing. Outside of the team, Tania works in a private practice setting treating adolescents and adults (face-to-face and via telehealth), and is an enthusiastic advocate of e-Mental Health services and resources to complement the treatment she provides.

Dr Jennifer Connolly is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow in the eMHPrac team at Queensland University of Technology. She has extensive experience in the development, delivery and evaluation of digital mental health programs and in delivery of CBT interventions via remote methods. She has trained and supervised clinicians in delivering psychological interventions using electronic means, including online and by phone.

Professor David Kavanagh is a clinical psychology research professor at Queensland University of Technology and an honorary fellow of AACBT.  Over the last 12 years, he has been developing and testing e-mental health programs and apps, and since 2013 has been leading e-Mental Health in Practice (eMHPrac), which helps health practitioners across Australia to use digital resources and services in their sessions.


Pre-evaluation form

Post-evaluation form

Resource pack

Presentation slides (.pdf)

With thanks to eMHprac and QUT.

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