Online interventions and psychotherapies


We live in three worlds: psychic, online and social, between which new forms of subjectivity, relationships and balances between human destructiveness and creativity are produced. We take a look at the evolution of digitalisation and the use of technologies over the last 50 years and its antecedents in the origin of humanisation. How much is new and how much is renewed in these transformations of our mind and what impacts these transformations have on the field of mental health and on the development of online psychotherapies and interventions.

The online, blended and hybrid approaches have been making a major evolution in recent years and require observation, study, creativity and research, in order to evaluate their results in general and to define their indications and contraindications.

Their applications in psychotherapy, education and training of professionals have shown positive results. Limits and risks exist and part of our task will be to accept them, and especially to take care of the vulnerable stages of the human mind, as for example in childhood and adolescence.

psychotherapy, interventions, online, digitization, mixed frames

[Automatic translation from Spanish]:

Why are we considering working with interventions and online psychotherapies?

We have discovered new applications in mental health that have meant new indications and contraindications, with significant reductions in costs and resources, it has often been the health partner circumstances or the needs of patients that have directed us to use online framing. Clinical experience and research have confirmed their benefits.

In the discussion forums and training groups of mental health professionals, one of the phrases that is often said is that the evolution of the use of communication and information technologies «has arrived to stay». This is often attributed to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we often say that the use of mental health technologies has been in existence for 40 years and will continue to exist after the pandemic. There has been an acceleration and generalization of its use and an extension of its applications, although there is currently some uncertainty as to the extent and modalities of these uses in the future. This development leads us resolutely to create training spaces for mental health professionals and research into online therapeutic practices and their results. We need to understand the changes that have taken place and to develop new theoretical conceptions and new technical developments to work within these transformations.

Every new technology has awakened ghosts, fears, and resilience and slowly […]

Raúl Vaimberg Grillo
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