Session 241: Text-based Therapy And Using It In An Ethical And Effective Way In Private Practice with Bill Hudenko, Ph.D

Overview

As clinicians, we occupy a unique role as we hold space for the grief of our clients while still navigating our own grief and disappointment in a time like this pandemic crisis. These times make us think differently about how we serve our clients, which makes today’s show about text-based therapy very relevant. Can it be used in an ethical and effective way?

Bill Hudenko is a professor at Dartmouth College in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. He also teaches at Dartmouth’s School of Medicine and is the CEO of Trusst Health, a company that developed an app called Trusst. The app came about as the result of research Bill conducted at Dartmouth about the efficacy of text-based therapy and whether it can work well for certain populations. Our conversation brings fascinating knowledge and insight as we cover a range of topics. Bill explains his research, how the Trusst app works, and what the benefits are to using this medium.

What We’ll Learn

  • Why Bill wanted to study the efficacy of messaging-based interventions in the mental health field–and what he discovered through his research
  • The benefits of this treatment methodology to make mental health services more accessible and cost-efficient for clients
  • With the Trusst app, Bill has created a product focused on building a new digital ecosystem for clinicians with the main tool of message-based intervention
  • The leap from the research side to the entrepreneurial side
  • The biggest lessons learned for Bill:
    • Understanding how to make a company successful AND profitable: “There is a big difference in having a great idea and finding the product-market fit.”
    • How to scale a company effectively while executing your vision
  • Bill’s biggest mistake: “Not understanding the importance of my team as those who fill in my weaknesses.”
  • How the Trusst app platform works differently than competitors’ products
  • How the clinician is compensated for services through Trusst
  • The training and support provided to clinicians through webinars
  • The benefit to clients and their healing process from the increased accessibility in real-time raw moments of need
  • How the Trusst app deals with emergency services like psychosis or suicidal thoughts

Resources Mentioned

Trusst  Find out more about the Trusst app.

Find out more about Bill Hudenko

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