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New iCBT program could help ease pandemic anxiety

By The IJ Staff | March 19 2020 10:17AM

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Morneau Shepell announced on March 18 the launch of a new internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) program that aims to help with the challenges of a pandemic like COVID-19.

Morneau Shepell says iCBT is well-suited to address anxiety related to a pandemic, including uncertainty, social isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload and stress management.

Self-isolation and social distancing

"With the requirements to self-isolate and practice social distancing, AbilitiCBT is a convenient, digital program that can be accessed with any smartphone or tablet,” said Nigel Branker, president, health and productivity solutions, Morneau Shepell. “It is a great way to support people while they remain at home. Our goal is to facilitate access and provide support to as many people as possible across the country.”

Guided by professional therapists

The program is guided by professional therapists who are trained to support and ask precise questions to guide people through the program's modules in the context of a pandemic. Morneau Shepell says its therapists are experienced in dealing with the psychological impact of various traumatic events, such as SARS, natural disasters, acts of terrorism or aggression.

"This new program is a great example of how we are mobilizing our teams to develop meaningful solutions to support our clients and their employees," said Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer, Morneau Shepell. "That's what it means to live up to our purpose: Improving lives. Improving business. We are here to support Canadians in these difficult times."

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