ePST® use in mental health clinics and substance abuse programs
Whether located in a clinic or in a residential treatment facility as part of a comprehensive treatment program, ePST® provides a valuable option for your clients. ePST recreates the warmth of live therapy through a two-way interaction tailored to each clients life problems. The on-screen virtual therapist guides clients step-by-step through the problem-solving process, while clinicians monitor progress and offer other care as needed. For clients who are resistant to counseling, preferring to deal with problems on their own, ePST can be a comfortable experience and a gateway to other interventions.
Treating co-occurring depression benefits clients with substance use disorders
Studies show that individuals with a substance use disorder are twice as likely to suffer anxiety and depression and the presence of co-occurring conditions complicates recovery. Increasingly, integrated treatment of SUDs and co-occurring mental health conditions is the standard of care. Research shows that treatment of co-occurring problems produces better outcomes for both substance use and social and mental health functioning. Yet, many individuals with SUDs do not receive evidence-based treatment for their co-occurring depression. Logistical barriers, cost, or reluctance to seek counseling may be factors. Frequently, SUD treatment programs have limited availability of clinicians skilled in evidence based treatment for depression and stress.
ePST helps provide integrated treatment for co-occurring depression
ePST can fill this gap by providing a flexible, affordable, and private option. Programs can make ePST available by appointment or on a drop-in basis, depending on their clients needs. ePST is effective - it provides Problem-Solving Treatment (PST), a widely accepted first line approach to managing depression and stress that the Veterans Administration identified as an evidence-based approach for suicide prevention. Research shows that ePST can help reduce depression within six computer-guided sessions. ePST can be offered as a stand-alone treatment, or as a complement to other interventions, including pharmacotherapy.
Programs serving Veterans
For Veterans struggling with the challenges of readjustment the present-focused problem-solving approach of ePST provides practical tools to help them move their lives forward. Even those with multiple mental health needs have been shown to benefit from ePST. Veterans who are uncomfortable with typical counseling can be more amenable to a self-directed approach.
Links to research on PST and substance use disorders.