Videoconference Grief Group Counseling in Rural Texas: Outcomes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
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© 2016 ASGW. Disparities in access to mental health care, especially in rural areas, demand continued attention from practitioners, researchers, and community stakeholders. Telehealth, or the use of long distance technology to provide mental health services, is one well-recognized solution for reducing mental health disparities. At the Telehealth Counseling Clinic, advanced doctoral students provide telepsychology services to low-income and uninsured individuals living in a rural region in Texas. In response to an identified community need for grief counseling services, an 8-week grief group utilizing videoconference technology was conducted. This article discusses clinical and methodological challenges and lessons learned that are unique to delivering group counseling services over videoconference technology in a rural area, as well as preliminary data of the group’s effectiveness as measured by a satisfaction survey, the Patient Health Questionnaire–9, the CORE–B, and the Complicated Grief Assessment are presented.
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Chang, J. E., Sequeira, A., McCord, C. E., & Garney, W. R.