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inventor of tao: Dr. Sherry Benton

TAO is a classic example of necessity being the mother of invention. Dr. Sherry Benton was the director of the counseling center at a large, public university, wrestling with providing timely mental health services for all of the students seeking help. The counseling center typically had a waiting list through most of fall and spring semesters. For students waiting lists are problematic, since some students get timely services, recover, and thrive in school, while those on a waitlist flounder and grades suffer. Ambitious students aiming to go to medical school, law school or other professional schools could have life long consequences resulting from a delay in treatment. 

Dr. Benton recognized that with current financial restraints, she was never going to hire her way out of this problem. She began to look internationally for models that would expand capacity without significantly increasing the budget. She found a model used in several countries that combined on-line educational materials with brief telephone or videoconference sessions with a therapist. The idea for TAO was born.  


Why Is Tao So Effective?

In this video, Dr. Benton, Founder and Chief Science Officer of TAO Connect, Inc. explains how and why TAO can be even more effective than traditional face-to-face therapy.

…The difference is engagement…
— Dr. Sherry Benton

TAO CONNECT; THE ADAPTIVE TREATMENT

In this video, Dr. Benton, Founder and Chief Science Officer of TAO Connect, Inc. explains how TAO treatment adapts to the needs of clients.

Rather than waiting for somebody to just not come back…what we’ll be able to do is, moment by moment, determine how they are responding to the materials and adapt their treatment…and that, we have never done before.
— Dr. Sherry Benton

TAO CONNECT; DEPRESSION AND MACHINE LEARNING

In this video, Dr. Benton, Founder and Chief Science Officer of TAO Connect, Inc. explains how TAO's depression treatment will be linked to machine learning.


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