Using Videoconferencing to Deliver Individual Therapy and Pediatric Psychology Interventions with Children and Adolescents

J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2016 Apr;26(3):212-20. doi: 10.1089/cap.2015.0021. Epub 2016 Jan 8.


Background: Because of the widening access gap between need for individual and pediatric psychology services and child specialist availability, secure videoconferencing options are more needed than ever to address access challenges across underserved settings.

Methods: The authors summarize real-time videoconferencing evidence to date across individual therapy with children and pediatric psychology interventions using videoconferencing. The authors summarize emerging guidelines that inform best practices for individual child therapy over videoconferencing.

Results: The authors present three case examples to illustrate best practices. The first behavioral pediatrics case summarizes evidence-based approaches in treating a rural young adolescent with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and hearing impairment. The second pediatric psychology case describes similarities and difference between on-site and videoconferencing services in treating a rural child with toileting concerns. The third adolescent case describes treatment of an urban honors student with depression.

Conclusions: Videoconferencing is an effective approach to improving access to individual and pediatric psychology interventions for children and adolescents. Videoconferencing approaches are well accepted by families and show promise for disseminating evidence-based treatments to underserved communities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Psychology, Child / methods*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Videoconferencing / instrumentation
  • Videoconferencing / standards*