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Is that a psychologist in your pocket? A crash course in the latest smartphone apps and web-based applications for psychologists

Event number: 17176
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Michael Carr-Gregg MAPS MCCOUNP

The internet is entering its third reincarnation. The technology is getting speedier and cleverer and the NBN means that increasingly children and adolescents will - whether we like it or not - be continuously connected - meaning they will all be 'real wired children'.

While the media focus has been on the downside of the technology in the form of cyber bullying, offensive texting, malware, internet predators and scams, there is a substantial upside. Smart phones and tablets have become high-tech human "appendages" which are used to fight corruption, bring down dictatorships, make purchases, improve education and has created unprecedented opportunities to promote positive mental health, enable diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental illness on a scale never imagined.

This presentation outlines and demonstrates the latest web-based programs and Smartphone/Tablet apps available to child, adolescent and adult psychologists designed to address high prevalence disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. It will include a mixture of case studies and videos, aimed at providing best-practice guidelines, resources and reference materials.

Learning outcomes

  • To demonstrate to participants the basic technological needs required to safely integrate technology into a clinical practice, in terms of equipment, policies and practice
  • To introduce and demonstrate the main web-based programs used for the treatment of the high prevalence disorders such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse
  • To understand the legal and ethical principles that govern the use of technology in a clinical setting including the relevant APS guidelines.
  • To demonstrate some of the latest biometric devices from the US and elsewhere used by psychologists as adjunct treatments.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg works as a nationally registered child and adolescent psychologist who for 7 years was an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology workshops and seminars that make a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people. His training and approach incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills and interventions drawn from positive psychology research. Michael has a high a columnist for a number of publications including New Idea, Girlfriend Magazine and is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise as well as Psychologist for the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW.


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West Melbourne

Challenge House
529-535 King St
West Melbourne, VIC 3003
Start date: 13/5/2017
End date: 13/5/2017
Time: 9.00am - 1.00pm


APS Member: $110.00
APS Student: $110.00
Non Member: $220.00


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