psychotherapy

Troy Sadkowsky - Thursday, June 15, 2017

How can data science help your therapist?

By Olivia Goldman

April 4, 2017

Link to article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/what-your-therapist-doesnt-know/517797

According to an article a recently published in The Atlantic, data science is the new frontier in psychotherapy. Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) is a system in which client surveys are collected before every therapy session, and provide an independent and private way of determining if a client is improving or deteriorating. Performance feedback and data collection allows therapists to adjust the tools or tone of sessions to provide the best treatment for their client, similar to how performance metrics are used athletics. In addition, statistical algorithms, developed from data on thousands of cases, can predict which patients will deteriorate or are at risk of suicide (often with greater accuracy than a mental health professional), and can alert the psychotherapist.

While not yet widely used, these advances could prove critical for improving a field such as psychotherapy. Progress in psychotherapy is plagued by a lack of performance feedback for psychotherapists because of the private nature of their work, and whitewashing, a term that describes when patients suggest to their psychotherapist that treatment is effective while in reality the patient may actually be deteriorating.

Although studies show that FIT improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy, psychotherapists tend to be resistant to the quantification of something as nuanced and delicate as mental health and interpersonal therapist-client relationships. And granted, system can be improved; developer and researcher Michael Lambert noted that his system only significantly improves therapy outcomes for patients at risk of deterioration.


Like any facet of technology, the more it is used and implemented, the better it will become. The use of data science in psychotherapy is a burgeoning field, and suggests that, as data scientists, we will be able to improve the effectiveness with which professionals can identify and treat mental health problems.


 

 

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psychotherapy

Troy Sadkowsky - Thursday, June 15, 2017

How can data science help your therapist?

By Olivia Goldman

April 4, 2017

Link to article:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/what-your-therapist-doesnt-know/517797

According to an article a recently published in The Atlantic, data science is the new frontier in psychotherapy. Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) is a system in which client surveys are collected before every therapy session, and provide an independent and private way of determining if a client is improving or deteriorating. Performance feedback and data collection allows therapists to adjust the tools or tone of sessions to provide the best treatment for their client, similar to how performance metrics are used athletics. In addition, statistical algorithms, developed from data on thousands of cases, can predict which patients will deteriorate or are at risk of suicide (often with greater accuracy than a mental health professional), and can alert the psychotherapist.

While not yet widely used, these advances could prove critical for improving a field such as psychotherapy. Progress in psychotherapy is plagued by a lack of performance feedback for psychotherapists because of the private nature of their work, and whitewashing, a term that describes when patients suggest to their psychotherapist that treatment is effective while in reality the patient may actually be deteriorating.

Although studies show that FIT improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy, psychotherapists tend to be resistant to the quantification of something as nuanced and delicate as mental health and interpersonal therapist-client relationships. And granted, system can be improved; developer and researcher Michael Lambert noted that his system only significantly improves therapy outcomes for patients at risk of deterioration.


Like any facet of technology, the more it is used and implemented, the better it will become. The use of data science in psychotherapy is a burgeoning field, and suggests that, as data scientists, we will be able to improve the effectiveness with which professionals can identify and treat mental health problems.


 

 

Comments
Guadalupe Morber commented on 05-May-2021 12:19 AM
You made some decent points there. I looked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.
Robt Toothill commented on 05-May-2021 12:47 AM
Can I simply just say what a relief to discover a person that really understands what they are talking about over the internet. You definitely know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people should look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you are not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.
Levi Botts commented on 05-May-2021 12:47 AM
You should be a part of a contest for one of the greatest sites on the internet. I will recommend this web site!
Arnold Sabota commented on 05-May-2021 02:57 AM
I'm excited to discover this site. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely appreciated every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to look at new stuff on your blog.
Donovan Bahl commented on 05-May-2021 03:13 AM
Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this amazing site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!
Loma Clynes commented on 05-May-2021 03:13 AM
You ought to be a part of a contest for one of the best websites on the internet. I will recommend this web site!
Maria Karwoski commented on 05-May-2021 03:38 AM
Very good article. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..
Grover Tempe commented on 05-May-2021 03:49 AM
I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I found this during my search for something regarding this.
Gayle Benett commented on 05-May-2021 03:53 AM
Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be useful to read articles from other authors and practice a little something from other web sites.
Pura Tomichek commented on 05-May-2021 03:53 AM
Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It's the little changes that make the most significant changes. Thanks for sharing!
Valentine Leasor commented on 05-May-2021 05:54 AM
There's certainly a great deal to find out about this issue. I love all of the points you made.
Will Difede commented on 05-May-2021 05:54 AM
Very nice write-up. I certainly appreciate this site. Stick with it!
Elease Munlin commented on 05-May-2021 06:03 AM
I used to be able to find good information from your blog articles.
Ilse Siracusa commented on 05-May-2021 06:04 AM
Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes that produce the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!
stickers sheet commented on 05-May-2021 06:28 AM
Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad
and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just
so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views.
I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it
with someone!

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