Computer-Based Education for Patients and Professionals

  • Steven Locke
  • Marcia E. H. Rezza
Part of the Computers and Medicine book series (C+M)


An important frontier for computer applications in mental health is the use of computers for the education of patients and professionals. Although computer-based training has been used extensively in industry, the introduction of computer-based technology to the field of mental health has been slow. Efforts to protect the core of humanistic values essential to mental health practice, coupled with technophobic avoidance, have delayed the acceptance of computers by mental health professionals as an important educational adjunct. The remarkable ability of the computer to manipulate information in novel ways can lead to increased understanding and new learning for both patients and caregivers. We are on the threshold of an explosion of creative applications of educational technologies. These advances will revolutionize how we learn and lead to greater patient empowerment and demystification of the process of treatment. In this chapter we will review the state of computer-based applications in mental health education and provide readers with an extensive list of electronic resources for professional and patient education.


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