Digital mental health solution offers group teletherapy to universities

By: | March 19, 2020

TAO Connect, a digital platform designed to make behavioral health therapy more accessible and effective, today announces the addition of its Group Room feature, while also offering its video conferencing services to all 180 of its university partners. With this update, TAO Connect is giving more counseling centers the opportunity to offer teletherapy services when in-person sessions are not viable, ensuring students and faculty have easy access to mental health resources during this time of heightened anxiety.

Schools across the U.S. are moving to remote instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to prevent major disruptions for students who rely on in-person sessions, TAO Connect is launching its Group Room feature to give clinicians the ability to meet with up to 100 users at a time. This can serve as a replacement for any previous on-campus group sessions and will also help post-practicum students and interns receive their required counseling hours, which are typically in person.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TAO Connect is opening up access to its video-conferencing tools for all customers, which means clinicians can now replace in-person sessions with TAO Connect’s HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool. To assist schools that may not have been previously equipped to provide teletherapy services in this capacity, TAO Connect is providing several opportunities for expedited training.

“This is a difficult time for everyone, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support our partners as they consider transitioning to working remotely,” said Dr. Sherry Benton, founder and chief science officer of TAO Connect. “If students can’t have in-person sessions, we want to make sure they still receive critical face time with their counselor. Additionally, we launched our Group Room feature with the goal of helping students feel connected and supported as they practice social distancing.”

Students can continue to use TAO Connect’s Self-Help feature, which is a completely self-guided experience available 24/7. It offers assessments to screen for behavioral health concerns – as well as research-based modules, practice tools, daily journals, a mindfulness meditation library and more.

Currently, students and faculty at 180 universities in North America have access to TAO Connect’s features via desktop or the mobile app. To learn more about TAO Connect and to inquire about these programs, please visit www.TAOConnect.org.

About TAO Connect:

TAO Connect is a virtual platform committed to reducing behavioral health disparities by bringing affordable, effective, and accessible treatment to people who have limited access. The online program provides therapy for common behavioral health problems using a comprehensive platform of virtual tools for therapists and clients. The tools provide information about client education, interaction, accountability, and progress assessment to facilitate effective results. TAO’s tools can be used as self-directed, minimally supported help with peer counselors or case managers, custom group support, brief psychotherapy sessions, traditional (50-minute) psychotherapy, or as a transition from inpatient back to the community.