757943 SAP0010.1177/0081246318757943South African Journal of PsychologyEvans editorial2018 South African Journal of Psychology 2018, Vol. 48(2) 166 –170 © The Author(s) 2018 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/0081246318757943 DOI: 10.1177/0081246318757943 journals.sagepub.com/home/sap Editorial Some guidelines for telepsychology in South Africa Dylan J Evans Introduction Internet-based telecommunication technologies have evolved rapidly and provide new opportuni- ties for the remote provision of psychological services. Telepsychology, which is the use of tele- communication technologies to provide psychological services, has the potential to increase accessibility to services and reduce the stigma of help seeking. There is an emerging research base indicating that online therapy is effective for many conditions, including depression (Cowpertwait & Clarke, 2013), anxiety (Rees & Maclaine, 2015) and substance use disorders (Gainsbury & Blaszczynski, 2011). A recent meta-analysis has even suggested a similar effect size to traditional face-to-face therapy (Barak, Hen, Boniel-Nissim, & Shapira, 2008). Different technologies may be used in various combinations and for different purposes during the provision of telepsychology services. Services can be provided via email, text messaging, video conferencing, websites, chatrooms or forums. The communication can be synchronous, where parties communicate in real-time (e.g., video-conferencing), or asynchronous where there are delays in interactions (e.g., email), or even non-interactional (e.g.,
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Published: Jun 1, 2018
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