Therapy in the Age of COVID-19: Making Sense of Digital Options

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:00am

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Mental health concerns are on the rise due to the pandemic, fires, racial tensions and more. Options for more traditional support, such as in-person therapy, are more limited, but thanks to digital technology, a range of options are increasingly available. Join host Laura Klivans, KQED reporter, and Palo Alto University experts Ricardo F. Muñoz, C. Barr Taylor, Donna Sheperis and Kelly Coker. They will discuss digital mental health interventions and the pros and cons to consider when seeking virtual support.

Panelists include:

Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D. is a distinguished professor of clinical psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU) and Professor Emeritus, UCSF, where he was chief psychologist for 26 years at the School of Medicine based at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a leader in the prevention and treatment of depression and in evidence-based internet interventions that make health and wellness support available worldwide to all in need. He is the founder of the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health). He was appointed this month to chair a CDC funded workgroup that will assist in developing and disseminating a set of interactive web-based tools to support the cognitive and behavioral well-being of parents, children, and youth during the COVID-19 crisis. 


C. Barr Taylor, M.D., is PAU Research Professor and Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. His pioneering research focuses on the use of technology to improve the treatment of eating disorders, PTSD and trauma survivors self-care. He is an expert on the development, evaluation and dissemination of new ways to use technology and to help provide affordable, accessible, evidence-based mental health care to large defined populations.

Donna Sheperis, PH.DLPC, NCC, ACS, CCMHC, Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider An associate professor in PAU’s Department of Counseling, Dr. Sheperis has 30 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling settings. Her work focuses on tele-mental health, internet interventions, technology & mental health, eating disorders, PTSD, trauma survivors.  She serves on the ethics and bylaws committees for the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  She is past president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and on the Ethics Appeals Committee for the American Counseling Association.  

J. Kelly Coker, Ph.D., LCMHC, QLS, BC-TMH, NCC Dr. Kelly Coker is a Professor at Palo Alto University and Program Director for the MA in Counseling Program. She is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina, as well as a Licensed Qualified Supervisor and Board-Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider. Dr. Coker's primary areas of specialty and research include training, supervision, and assessment in counselor education, best practices in distance counselor education, and working with adult clients in a tele-mental health setting. Dr. Coker has published in numerous referred journals and books and has presented at regional and national conferences on these and other topics. 


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