Enhancing the Delivery of an Empirically-Supported Trauma-Focused Treatment for Adolescents: Providers’ Views of the Role of Technology and Web-Based Resources

Rosaura E. Orengo-Aguayo, Rochelle F. Hanson, Angela D. Moreland, Lisa Jobe-Shields, Zachary W. Adams

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This mixed-methods study assessed providers’ views of the use of technology in the delivery of an empirically supported mental health treatment for adolescents (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; TF-CBT). Thematic qualitative interviews were conducted with nine experienced providers. Emerging themes served as the basis for the creation of a quantitative web-based survey, completed by 56 TF-CBT experts, to assess the perceived helpfulness of the recommendations. Technology was perceived as a useful, appealing, and familiar tool that could greatly enhance the delivery of this treatment modality with adolescents. Main recommendations included the creation of a mobile application targeting all of the treatment components and a website with developmentally appropriate resources for providers, caregivers, and teens. Technology may be a useful tool for enhancing service delivery and promoting engagement among youth receiving trauma-focused mental health treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-586
Number of pages12
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018



  • Adolescent mental health
  • Dissemination and implementation
  • Service delivery
  • TF-CBT
  • Technology
  • Treatment engagement
  • e-Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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