3.3 out of 5
Relatable narrator/ Short, easy-to-achieve tasks.
Program’s design is outdated/Not an A-to-Z full program.
The Journal’s design is more suited to teenage and young adult age groups. The informational videos are easy to understand and the same instructor leads users through the different tasks; this helps to create a comforting and pleasant experience. The Journal, however, is not a comprehensive program: It seems that the tools offered in the program only partially cover the treatment strategies they were drawn from – such as behavioral interventions or problem solving. Therefore, the program would likely be more helpful to those experiencing mild symptoms or as an adjunct to treatment. The program’s design at the time of review seemed outdated. For example, despite the simplicity of the therapeutic activities users are asked to complete, the program’s features often make it more difficult for users to complete these activities (e.g., asking users to cook a healthy meal by finding one from a list of recipes, instead of the more user-friendly option of identifying their desired meal).
Notes for Clinicians
The Journal can be added as a supplement to treatment for patients who would benefit from an additional boost to encourage change in their daily routine, and who have sufficient energy to complete the recommended activities. The program’s design makes it most suited to the teenage/young adult age group. The therapist could make tasks easier to complete by discussing them with the patients and helping patients to prepare for the activities.
Monday, November 21, 2016