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Eugene

(62,178 posts)
Mon Dec 4, 2023, 12:47 PM Dec 2023

Lacking counselors, US schools turn to the booming business of online therapy

Source: Associated Press

Lacking counselors, US schools turn to the booming business of online therapy

BY JOCELYN GECKER
Updated 12:05 AM EST, December 3, 2023

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Both children received help through telehealth therapy, a service that schools around the country are offering in response to soaring mental health struggles among American youth.

Now at least 16 of the 20 largest U.S. public school districts are offering online therapy sessions to reach millions of students, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. In those districts alone, schools have signed provider contracts worth more than $70 million.

The growth reflects a booming new business born from America’s youth mental health crisis, which has proven so lucrative that venture capitalists are funding a new crop of school teletherapy companies. Some experts raise concerns about the quality of care offered by fast-growing tech companies.

As schools cope with shortages of in-person practitioners, however, educators say teletherapy works for many kids, and it’s meeting a massive need. For rural schools and lower-income students in particular, it has made therapy easier to access. Schools let students connect with online counselors during the school day or after hours from home.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/mental-health-counseling-school-hazel-bd7d650184decd94d4570e9841f1cedb

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Lacking counselors, US schools turn to the booming business of online therapy (Original Post) Eugene Dec 2023 OP
Psychology is dissolving before our very eyes bucolic_frolic Dec 2023 #1

bucolic_frolic

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1. Psychology is dissolving before our very eyes
Mon Dec 4, 2023, 12:57 PM
Dec 2023

Within a generation the public will be so educated in psy issues, personalities, self-help support that the esoteric nature of these priests of emotions will burst. Venture capital is on board? Signal of a peak ahead. Also the quality of the profession is in the tank. 40 years ago you needed a shrink and found one from solid, long-term degree programs at private universities, perhaps even Ivy League, or state universities. Now every startup evening program at minor league colleges have a counseling degree, and some are even available over the internet globally! The rigorousness of these programs? Night schools. Quality of instructors? Graduates of night schools. They can call it mental health but it's a rebellion against structures imposed on the masses, and the structuralists have sown their own irrelevance.

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