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New Technologies in the Treatment of Psychological Disorders – Overview, Potentials and Barriers for Conflict-Affected Populations

  • Jana SteinEmail author
  • Christine Knaevelsrud
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Abstract

The high number of violent conflicts around the world affects the psychological and physical well-being of thousands of civilians. Access to medical or psychological help is often limited. The growing access to digital communication-information technologies offers unique opportunities to bridge the mental health service gap by offering psychological help to a significant segment of a mentally burdened population who has experienced violent conflicts or displacement. In this chapter, different types of e-mental health approaches for trauma-related disorders including online support groups, self-help and therapist-supported online interventions, clinical video-teleconferencing and mobile mental health services will be introduced. Summary descriptions and scientific evidence will be provided for different e-mental health approaches already implemented in Western communities. Benefits and limitations of these approaches, as well as opportunities to further broaden accessibility to culturally diverse conflict-affected populations and forcibly displaced people will be discussed.

Keywords

Trauma Human rights violation Posttraumatic stress disorder Internet E-mental health Online support groups Online counseling and psychotherapy Clinical video-teleconferencing Mobile mental health 

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  1. 1.Division of Clinical Psychological InterventionFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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