This interesting blog from the excellent Mental Elf website presents promising data on computerised CBT for young people.
There are obvious advantages to computerised intervention in terms of cost and access, but what’s interesting here is that cCBT is more effective in younger people than with adults. This in a population traditionally viewed as ‘hard to reach’ by conventional clinical engagement. Maybe young people, in general, find engaging with a computer interface more comfortable than an unfamiliar adult?
There is a strong professional resistance to moving towards computerised models, and a belief in the magic of one to one engagement. And in-person interaction can be magical. But given that young people like interacting with computers, and this interaction is at least potentially therapeutic, it seems churlish to resist, especially as this therapy is likely to be far more easily accessible to young people.