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New paradigm in internet treatments: a case study of social anxiety in stuttering

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The University of Sydney
Australia
Topic: 15 Clinical psychology
Prefered form of presentasion: Oral
Abstract text: Objectives: This study attempted to use modern technology to test an old concept; that of creating a fully automated "computer psychologist". The psychologist was able to identify the specific problem areas patients reported, and design individualized formulations and tailored treatment components with corrective feedback. Method: File audit data was gathered from clinical psychologists with 15 plus years of experience in the management of social anxiety and stuttering. The "computer psychologist" uses this data to setup cognitive restructuring exercises, behavioural experiments, and several other novel features consistent with the CBT model of social anxiety of Clark and Wells. Furthermore, answers were written for over 1000 responses of the "computer psychologist" to enable it to give automatic corrective feedback while interacting with the client. Results: A live demonstration of the program will be presented, and several case studies discussed. Conclusion: The future of this type of online psychological treatments will be discussed.