While there are numerous self help resources and workbooks available for therapists and the public to use (either in session or out), this website provides a way that therapists and their clients can work more collaboratively.
This program allows a client to use their mobile device as a ‘touchstone’ to provide an ‘in time’ stream of invaluable information that can then be reviewed in treatment sessions. This website is an effort to combine the above factors to increase your success with your clients.
In essence this is the way the service works:
You as a provider become a member of LIFESUDS. There is a minimal recurring membership fee of $4.99 monthly for less than 20 clients or $9.99 for an unlimited number of clients.
You access the program from your desktop or laptop computer.
There are a number of pre- designed forms for different problem areas including: Anger Tracker, Anxiety Tracker, Bullying Log, Child Bedtime Log, Exposure Record, Mood Change Tracker, Pain Management, Panic Log, Urge Log, Tantrum Tracker and Treatment Response Log. There is also a customizable form for your use.
You invite your clients/patients to become a member (at no cost to them). You and your client decide which forms and what data would be helpful to collect in between sessions. Your client then downloads the appropriate form (i.e. anxiety log) to their mobile device. If they do not have a smart phone, they are able to complete the form on their computer.
Your client enters data “in vitro” – at the time of or just after an incidence of the target behavior. They enter the data on their device and store/transmit it to you over our secure (fully encrypted) server.
You receive the (encrypted) data in easily readable and summarized form (if more than one incident is entered) for review in your next session.
This not only provides you with ongoing information on how your client/patient is doing in between sessions, but also can help you identify issues to be addressed in your next appointment.
Since there are a variety of platforms available we have developed a way you can make this tool available to your patients regardless of the type of mobile device they have, as long as they have connection to a cellular network. If they are momentarily out of range of a network, the data can be saved on the device for later transmission. And as indicated above, a computer can be used in the absence of a mobile device for data recording and submission.
For certain situations i.e. recording success getting child to bed, planned exposure therapy the client can set up their device to remind them to enter the data.