The Use of Digital Tools in Therapeutic Interventions

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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION FOR QUT RESEARCH PROJECT


The Use of Digital Tools in Therapeutic Interventions


QUT Ethics Approval Number 1600001150


RESEARCH TEAM
Principal Researchers:Dr Jeremy Kerr
 Lecturer, Interaction & Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Dr Ashley Van Houten
 Van Houten & Associates Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy & Consultancy

DESCRIPTION

This study examines the current use of digital communication tools and media by the psychology profession in their practice. Psychologists from private practice, as well as educational institutions and other government organisations will be surveyed about their usage of digital technology to complement face-to-face therapy with clients. ‘Digital tools’ encompasses the use of video, sound recordings, pdf documents, email, texting, social media, video conferencing (eg. Skype), apps and other digital/online material and resources. The study will gage the extent of usage and identify the key tools and strategies that are used and emerging in practice.

You are invited to participate in this study because you are a currently practicing psychologist in Australia.

PARTICIPATION

Participation will involve completing an anonymus online survey that will take approximately ten minutes of your time.



Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT or associated external organisation. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project during your participation without comment or penalty. However as the survey is anonymous once it has been submitted it will not be possible to withdraw.

EXPECTED BENEFITS

It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it may benefit pyschology research and practice in the application of digital resources to complement and support face-to-face interventions. Data generated from the study will be distributed to practitioners throughout Australia using communication channels such as the APS in follow-up reporting as well as journal publication.

RISKS

There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this project.

PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY

All comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially unless required by law.  The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses.

Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of research data policy. Please note that non-identifiable data from this project may be used as comparative data in future projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.

CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

Submitting the completed online survey is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project.

QUESTIONS / FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT

If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the researchers listed below:

Dr Jeremy KerrDr Ashley Van Houten
Lecturer, Interaction & Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)Van Houten & Associates Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy & Consultancy
0405 711 1470422 301 301
Jeremy.Kerr@qut.edu.audr.avanhouten@optusnet.com.au

CONCERNS / COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE CONDUCT OF THE PROJECT

QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email ethicscontact@qut.edu.au. The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

Thank you for helping with this research project. Please keep this sheet for your information.