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The Virtual Couch: a Curriculum on the Question of the Fundamentals of Remote Psychotherapy-Pilot Study.

Authors
  • Shekunov, Julia1
  • Swintak, Cosima2
  • Somers, Kristin2
  • Kolla, Bhanuprakash Bhanu2
  • Ruble, Anne3
  • Bhatt-Mackin, Seamus4
  • Topor, David5
  • Murray, Aimee6
  • Romanowicz, Magdalena2
  • 1 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. [email protected].
  • 2 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
  • 3 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • 4 Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
  • 5 VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 6 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2024
Volume
48
Issue
1
Pages
52–56
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s40596-023-01805-6
PMID: 37365485
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

With a rise in remote clinical practice related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a novel remote psychotherapy curriculum was presented to psychiatry residents and fellows to address the urgent need to teach trainees how to adapt traditional psychotherapy skills to telepsychiatry settings. Trainees completed a survey before and after receiving the curriculum to assess remote psychotherapy skills and areas for growth. Eighteen trainees (24% fellows, 77% residents) completed the pre-curriculum survey, and 28 trainees (26% fellows, 74% residents) completed the post-curriculum survey. Thirty-five percent of pre-curriculum participants indicated no experience with remote psychotherapy. Technology (24%) and patient engagement (29%) were identified as the greatest challenges in providing teletherapy pre-curriculum. Content related to patient care (69%) and technology (31%) was of most interest to pre-curriculum participants and identified as most helpful post-curriculum (53% and 26%, respectively). After receiving the curriculum, most trainees planned to make internal, provider-related changes to their remote teletherapy practice. The remote psychotherapy curriculum was well received by psychiatry trainees who had limited experience with remote clinical practice prior to the pandemic. © 2023. This is a U.S. Government work and not under copyright protection in the US; foreign copyright protection may apply 2023.

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