Web-based self-treatment has been shown to be an effective alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy. We believe that you, the client, are capable of change, and our goal is to empower you with the skills necessary to solve your problems and achieve your personal treatment goals. Our hope is that by learning to “become your own therapist,” you can draw upon these skills to more effectively deal with stress in the future.
Our course “Parenting Your Young Child with Autism: A Web-Based Tutorial for Improving Everyday Skills and Behavior” will help you learn ways to improve your child’s communication, social interactions, and everyday skills and behavior.
CBT Self Help for Anxiety Disorders
In this course you will learn new skills to manage your feelings of anxiety more effectively. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, has an extensive body of research supporting its efficacy based on clinical trials conducted over the past 20 years. Our goal is to empower you with the skills necessary for you to achieve your goals. We will act as your teacher and coach as you learn and practice new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.
Parenting Your Young Child with Autism
Parenting a child with autism can be quite challenging. Autism Parenting is a series of courses where you will learn specific strategies to help you teach your child new skills in the areas most affected by autism: communication, social interaction, play, and behavior. As a parent, you know your child the best and have the most vested interest in his or her development. Thus, these courses focus on empowering you with the skills to improve your child’s functioning during everyday activities and routines.
Self Help Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (BT STEPS)
BT STEPS is a computer-guided self-help program for the treatment of OCD. The 9-step program educates you about the disorder, helps you assess and identify your obsessions/compulsions and triggers of rituals, and then guides you through self-treatment using exposure and ritual prevention. BT Steps features activities, exercises, and multimedia content to engage you, emulate the best practices of expert cognitive behavior therapists and provide users with a customized self-management program for OCD. A randomized clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found BT Steps to be as effective for many patients as 12 hours of face-to-face therapy, reducing the amount of time spent obsessing and ritualizing by 3.4 hours per day.
Overview of BT STEPS Content
- Step 1 provides an overview of OCD and BT Steps. You will also take assessments about your OCD symptoms and mood. These will help you track your progress in BT Steps.
- Step 2 describes the treatment approach used by BT Steps, exposure therapy. Exposure therapy involves developing a plan for coming in contact with those situations and things that make you uncomfortable and trigger your obsessions. After exposing yourself to these situations and things, which are called Triggers in BT Steps, you prevent yourself from doing the ritual you normally do to deal with discomfort from your obsession. You will learn about exposure by watching videos depicting actors doing exposure and an interview with an actual OCD sufferer. After learning about exposure, you will answer a series of questions and receive feedback from BT Steps that can help you determine whether exposure is right for you.
- In Step 3 you will review a list of more than 160 “triggers” to help you identify the situations and things that trigger your rituals and obsessions. You will choose the triggers that apply to you and rate the discomfort each trigger causes you.
- Step 4 helps you prepare for and carry out your first exposure session. After doing your first session, you will receive feedback on your experience and learn tips for fine-tuning your exposure skills. This step also will introduce you to the role friends and family can play in OCD.
- In Step 5 you will continue to prepare for and carry out additional exposure sessions. After each session you will receive additional feedback on your experience and a recommendation for moving forward, either by continuing with the trigger you are working on, troubleshooting your exposure for that trigger, or choosing a different trigger to work on.
- Step 6 discusses ways to maintain your gains and provides tactics for dealing with a return of your OCD symptoms, should they come back. You will go to Step 6 when you have completed at least half of your triggers.
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