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How TAO Helps


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How TAO Helps


How can mental health providers Use TAO?

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TAO AS A TOOL FOR CLIENT EDUCATION and engagement

TAO enhances client engagement with online education, tools to practice new skills, and accountability.  Clients learn mindfulness meditation, relaxation strategies, how to challenge cognitive distortion, positive psychology skills, and much more.  

 
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TAO as a tool for Client Accountability

The Therapist Dashboard displays client activity in the platform, providing client accountability and increasing client compliance with treatment recommendations.

 
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TAO AS A TOOL FOR ONLINE THERAPY

TAO includes a HIPAA compliant, videoconferencing tool that allows you to conduct online sessions securely. Videoconference sessions can include use of the progress measure to monitor client symptoms and improvement. The progress graph can be shared with the client during videoconference sessions when this is clinically appropriate.

 
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TAO as a tool for expanding practice

TAO can be paired with brief sessions, online or face-to-face.  Research has shown it to be as effective or more effective with 15-30 minute online or face-to-face sessions as traditional 50 minute weekly face-to-face therapy.   You can see two or three times as many people without twice the work. 

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Clients & Patients


Clients & Patients


HOW DOES TAO HELP CLIENTS & PATIENTS?

Patients/clients who are unable to access treatment because of cost, travel time, daycare problems, inability to get time off of work, or stigma may find TAO low intensity/high engagement fits their life and their needs better than traditional face-to-face treatment.

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INTERACTIVE PATIENT EDUCATION MODULES

TAO provides interactive patient education modules online, available when and where patients need them. Skills and strategies can be reviewed and practiced throughout the week. Daily practice logs provide an easy and accessible way to ensure that new skills are practiced daily so that new healthy habits are formed and old less functional habits are reduced or eliminated. As a result, clients feel better, faster. 

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THERAPIST DASHBOARD

The Therapist Dashboard summarizes client activity in TAO. Clients are aware that the therapist has a dashboard. Most people tend to adhere to new behaviors when there is accountability. We stick with a new exercise regime, or diet, or other health habit best when we’ve told others about our intent and elicited their support and accountability. So the dashboard both helps a therapist track the client and encourages the client to engage more in practice throughout each week.

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BHM-20®

TAO includes a weekly progress measure, the BHM-20® from Celesthealth. Research has shown that measuring progress several times throughout treatment, and reviewing the results in the therapy sessions leads to improved outcomes. 

What DO Clients & Patients Say About TAO?

Before, anxiety controlled my life...Now my anxiety motivates me to make a change...I recognize the feeling and take care of it.
— Anonymous TAO Client
I’ve been able to really focus on what I was doing rather than worrying about things outside the present moment. Nothing about my situation has changed, but the stress I’ve been feeling isn’t impacting me in the same way.
— Anonymous TAO Client
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Clinics, Counseling Centers, Mental Health Services, & Universities


Clinics, Counseling Centers, Mental Health Services, & Universities


HOW TAO HELPs CLINICS, COUNSELING CENTERS, & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

  • Increased Counselor Capacity
    With low intensity/high engagement treatment, 3 clients per hour instead of one
  • Decreased Counselor Time
    10-30 minutes per session instead of 50
  • Decreased Cost Per Client
    Less time per patient, lower cost
  • Increased Client Engagement
    Patient education tasks are provided online instead of in the therapist office
  • Increased Accessibility
    Available anytime, anywhere, very brief sessions can be conducted via videoconference or phone
  • Increased Accountability
    • Therapist dashboards monitor client engagement and progress
    • Administrative dashboards display aggregate results for a clinic
  • Increased Time On Task
    Practice is encouraged daily and throughout the week.  Educational modules are divided into short sessions allowing clients to engage in learning and practice throughout the week.
  • Better Outcomes
    Increased engagement leads to better outcomes
 

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How TAO Helps Universities

  • Better mental health = better retention
  • Expands capacity with existing staffing levels
  • Decreased Cost Per Client
  • Allows access for same state distance learners
  • Services provided by your counseling center therapists

Today’s Challenges

College and University Counseling center challenges

  • 88% of directors report students may not receive timely treatment
  • 79% students not in crisis are seen less frequently
  • 75% no weekly appointments
  • 73% staff work over time (most without compensation)
  • 35% waiting lists

 

  • More severe pathology
  • More students seeking services
  • Demand for distance learners
  • Students with busy schedules
  • Rationing treatment resources
  • Reaching students who’s culture does not encourage psychotherapy