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Reducing barriers to psychological treatment

News Release Release Date: October 7, 2015 9:50 a.m.

The Department of Psychology is hosting Dr. Nickolai Titov, a world renowned researcher in the area of Internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy. Titov will be at the University of Regina to discuss ways to reduce barriers to psychological treatment through the use of online and telephone-based treatments.

Titov is a Professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is the Director of the MindSpot Clinic, an Australia-wide online and telephone treatment service for people with anxiety and depression.

The University of Regina’s Online Therapy Unit, under the direction of Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, offers a service based on the success of Titov’s groundbreaking work with the goal of providing greater accessibility to mental health treatment in Saskatchewan for those who are dealing with depression and anxiety.

“Dr. Titov’s work has paved the way for our group to improve accessibility of therapeutic services for those seeking help for mental illness. We have treated hundreds of people through the University’s Online Therapy Unit using a program developed by Dr. Titov. Many of the people we work with live in rural areas or have limited time and mobility, and would otherwise not have had access to therapeutic services,” says Dr. Hadjistavropoulos.

Titov will present a free public lecture on this work on October 8, 2015 from 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. in the Education Auditorium (EA 106) at the University’s main campus. Free parking is also provided in lot 13M.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Dr. Hadjistavropoulos and Dr. Titov are available for media interviews Wednesday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and on Thursday, October 8 from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at (306) 541-5369.

 

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