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PPN Bites: “Do online interventions work?” by Carin Rockind (Episode 09)

written by Carin Rockind 24 July 2018

Carin Rockind, MAPP '10, is an empowerment coach and inspirational speaker. Carin holds the simple philosophy that we each have a unique purpose on earth and we're happy when living it. Working with individuals and companies, she combines her expertise in Positive Psychology with experience as a trauma survivor and former Fortune 500 exec to support professional women to be truly happy and wildly successful. For more information, visit Website, Facebook, Twitter. Full bio. Carin's articles are here.

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Hi, I’m Carin Rockind. Welcome to PPND Bites where give you 60-second helpings of the positive psychology news you need to know. So, whether you’re a therapist or a coach or a clinician, you maybe have been thinking about doing an online intervention to help your clients wherever they are. The question is, do they work?

Good news is that a recent research study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain shows that they do. Research participants were given either an online cognitive behavioral therapy intervention, an online positive psychology intervention or were put on waitlist control and both internet interventions showed a decrease in depressive symptoms and an increase in overall wellbeing. This is great news and the effects lasted up to six months. The positive psychology intervention included savoring best possible future self, that was tested by Laura King, self-compassion, and other components. So, the next time you’re considering giving an online intervention to clients, we know that it may just help them a great deal. With that, I hope that this helps you take a bite out of happiness. Bye for now.

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Peters, M. L., Smeets, E., Feijge, M., van Breukelen, G., Andersson, G., Buhrman, M., & Linton, S. J. (2017). Happy despite pain: A randomized controlled trial of an 8-Week internet-delivered positive psychology intervention for enhancing well-being in patients with chronic pain.  Clinical Journal of Pain, 33(11), 962–975. DOI:  10.1097/AJP.0000000000000494. 


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