Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Studies in the past two decades have shown the signficiant efficacy of cognitive behaviroal therapy (CBT). Unfortunately, the practice of traditional face-t0-face CBT has been limited by cost and the small number of providers. Fortunately, there is emerging evidence that online computerized CBT programs can be a useful adjunct to treatment. (Many thanks to psychiatrist Bill Hayes for this information.) Here are three such programs:
MoodGYM (www.moodgym.anu.edu.au) is a free Australian internet site designed to help with depression.
E-Couch (www.ecouch.anu.edu.au) is another free Australian CBT resource, providing evidence-based information about multiple emotional challenges, including depression and anxiety disorders, and teaches strategies to manage problems and increase self-understanding.
Good Times Ahead (www.mindstreet.com), costing $99, is an interactive, multimedia program with scientifcally tested therapy for fighting depression and anxiety. Written by Dr. Jesse H. Wright adn Dr. Aaron T. Beck, the program uses videos and self-help exercises to tap inner strengths.
A division of Triangle, Inc. in Massachusetts, Ablevision is a national award-winning TV program created and produced entirely by people with disabilities. Working from a state-of-the-art digital studio. it has generated 100,000 Youtube views. It has 55 broadcast affiliates in Massachusetts, California, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, and Washington DC. Since Ablevision is scripted, shot and hosted by people with disabilities, each episode is itself a work of art. Most episodes include feature stories that focus on individuals such as Nick, a skilled musician who happens to have a disability. Many episodes also focus on excellent organizations such as The Asperger’s Association of New England and The Special Olympics who support and challenge people to maximize their ability.
See Ablevision’s YouTube channel here.
Triangle, Inc. (MA)
Triangle was founded in 1971 by a small group of individuals who believed that people with disabilities could learn to lead more independent and dignified lives. It began serving five people with developmental disabilities, and grew over the next decade to provide employment training for over 80 individuals and opened two community residences in Malden. Today Triangle serves over three thousand people from 170 communities throughout Southern New England. It operates six employment service centers and ten residences in Malden, Danvers, Beverly, Braintree, Brockton, Lynn, Reading and Waltham. Our services are described in rich detail throught this site. They include an
award-winning School-to-Career program for young adults with disabilities, an array of career planning services for the deaf, comprehensive employment training and planning services for individuals with disabilities, an award-winning television show called Ablevision, a medical manufacturing facility, a contract fulfillment center and café
that are staffed by trainees and a robust set of daytime activities for all of the people we serve.