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03.25.2011 Posted In: Keynotes By Jordan Magaziner
Today’s lunch with Don Meichenbaum, Ph.D., the renowned founder of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and current Research Director at the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, was the perfect complement to Sherry Turkle’s morning’s keynote. This morning, Turkle spoke about how our relationships with technology may be harmful to our relationships with each other. Meichenbaum’s presentation, “Technology and the Future of Psychotherapy,” told the other side of the story: how our digital gadgets can be extremely helpful as part of therapy.
Currently, with so many soldiers coming back home in need of help and support, the system is overwhelmed, Meichenbaum explained. So he’s helping to create an online program, the War Fighter Diaries, to promote resiliency within soldiers. On this site, people will recount stressful life events and discuss their coping techniques, so that other soldiers can then download it to their iPods or laptops, and listen to it whenever they need. If they can’t take a therapist into the war with them, maybe this is the next best thing?