ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
Here is a list of online tools that psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg uses in the work work with young people. This list of online tools is taken from an interview with Dr. Carr-Gregg by Kellie Howe, Professionals Manager at the Australian Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. The Young and Well CRC unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations across the non-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors. The interview was posted on the centre’s website. Please refer to the website for additional information and advice on the use of technology in the work with young people.
Mood Assessment Program: I ask all my patients to complete this web-based program online prior to the first consultation. It’s a computerised assessment and diagnostic tool for mood disorders that gives me a thorough breakdown and a quite accurate diagnosis. It helps identify depressive sub-types, improves detection of bipolar disorder, identifies vulnerable personality styles, lifestyle and environmental factors contributing to the depressive illness, and provides a rational basis for development of a formulation and treatment plan.
MoodGYM: I use this every single time for cases of depression and anxiety. Together, the client and I use it on synchronised tablets. It’s ideal for cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).
MoodKit: This smartphone app is the logical CBT follow-up homework for a young client – it’s a toolkit for what they can do to improve their mood, recording events and feelings, and rating their mood along the way. They can email me how they are feeling each day or week.
iCope: This was developed by mental health nurses. it offers alternatives to deliberate self-harm by providing practical and easy steps to distract, displace and seek-help, all at the touch of a button and accessible at all times.
Smiling Mind: Young people adore this. Smiling Mind is a meditation app customised by age for anxiety and depression. We also use a skin conductance (galvanic skin response) machine to give visual biofeedback as they listen. Gizmos can help with engagement! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_skin_response
Talking Anxiety: This phone app can help young people and families understand anxiety.
Body Beautiful: A unique iPhone app that promotes positive body image and self-esteem among women and girls.
DeepSleep: This app incorporates guided meditation to help overcome insomnia and get to sleep. It can be customised for short or long inductions, and has an alarm for waking up.
SuperBetter: A remarkable online game that supports young people to achieve health-related goals by increasing resilience.
Live Happy: A positive psychology app I use in the final stages of therapy.
Pillboxie: This pill reminder app provides useful reminders to take medication.
Mnf: Always making excuses for not meditating? This is simply the best way to learn and enjoy mindfulness meditation.