Despite efforts to increase access to evidence-based mental health programs for trauma sur-vivors, only a tiny proportion of eligible patients receive the required trauma-focused treat-ment. With new digital developments that allow increasingly natural communication online, it is no longer mandatory for therapists and clients to be in the same physical location. To mitigate barriers of access to Narrative Exposure Therapy, "e-NET" delivered over the In-ternet via video platforms is envisioned as an eco-friendly and economically viable option that enables delivery of trauma therapy beyond all border and travel restrictions for under-served populations. In the virtual therapy room, translators and/or health professionals can be included at any point, not only for therapy delivery but also to train, support and supervise trauma therapists worldwide. The opportunities and challenges of this novel ap-proach, firmly rooted in the practice of traditional NET, are outlined and case studies de-scribed. We conclude that the procedure appears to be feasible and effective at post-test and suggest that a rigorous scientific evaluation is a necessary next step.
Keywords: NET; online therapy; computerized therapy; PTSD; trauma.
Katy Robjant, Danie Meyer, Elisabeth Kaiser, Elisa Kaltenbach, Maggie Schauer, in "MALTRATTAMENTO E ABUSO ALL’INFANZIA" 3/2020, pp. 11-24, DOI:10.3280/MAL2020-003002