ADVANCING THE PRACTICE OF ONLINE PSYCHOTHERAPY: AN APPLICATION OF ROGERS' DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS THEORY

Travis I. Lovejoy, Petya D. Demireva, Jessica L. Grayson, John R. McNamara

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Abstract

With the advancements of technology and its increasing use in all spheres of life, clinicians too are faced with the decision of whether to adopt or refrain from adopting certain innovations in their practice. This article discusses the process of adopting clinical innovations within a theoretical framework, namely diffusion of innovations theory (DIT; Rogers, 2003). DIT constructs are applied to the example of online therapy adoption into clinical practice. Nine adoption barriers are identified, including issues of dehumanizing the therapeutic environment, start-up cost and reimbursement, infrastructure and training, licensure and jurisdiction concerns, ethical guidelines, both client and clinician suitability factors, and professional reputation and acceptance within the field. The authors conclude with a theory-based discussion of activities that may help to accelerate the adoption of online therapy among professional psychologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

Keywords

  • adoption barriers
  • diffusion of innovations theory
  • online therapy
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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