Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Judy Hoy


Social Work


Mental health problems are common with adolescents and given that adolescents are the biggest consumer of mobile technologies, these technologies hold a tremendous promise as a unique intervention. The research method used is a qualitative study with four clinicians to address themes in their experiences of utilziing mobiel technology with adolescents. Much of the research finds that using technology with adolescents improves patient satisfaction through areas around convenience, eas of use, and availabiltiy. The research findings show common themes related to adaptability, reduced stigma, clinical relationship and lack of access. This research is important because it highlights the social work code of ethics in promoting client self-determination theory and allowing adolescents to enhance their capacity in addressing their own needs. Discussion includes how mobile technologies can offer a powerful adjunct to therapy that can work to reduce many barriers adolescents have to overcome in a traditional therapy model. Mobile health technology is discussed in increasing access to mental health treatment.

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