College counseling centers are adapting to the digital age.
The Chronicle for Higher Education reports that an increasing number of schools are turning to teletherapy, which connects students to counselors online, to treat anxiety problems.
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At the University of Florida, students can participate in a program called Therapist Assisted Online. The Web-based initiative takes place over seven weeks, and the university says a pilot program last year was successful. Anxious students who sign up will watch videos and participate in a series of exercises. They will also video-conference with a counselor for 10-15 minutes a week.
“Results from our pilot study indicated that TAO participants' symptoms were reduced and functioning was increased at or above the level of participants in our traditional counseling services,” Florida’s counseling center notes on its website.
About 6 percent of colleges say they are currently incorporating some form of teletherapy into their counseling services.
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