Mental health professionals are invited to participate in Digital Mental Health and Serious Mental Illness: The Role of Tech and Digital Navigators, a free continuing education webinar on July 28 from 2 to 3 pm. The event will be presented virtually by John Torous, MD, MBI.


Dr. Torous is the director of the Digital Psychiatry division in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospital in Boston. He also serves there as an assistant professor and staff psychiatrist.


About the Webinar

Clinicians need to be able to serve more patients and diverse patients. Digital mental health tools like apps offer one important tool to bridge this access gap. But clinicians do not have the time or training to implement digital health tools in their already busy clinics. Clinicians can benefit from assistance from a new team member called a digital navigator who can assist around 1) helping patients and clinicians learn to use technology, 2) selecting apps, and 3) driving engagement with digital mental health.


As the use of telepsychiatry in mental health via video/phone visits soars, it is important to also consider how asynchronous telepsychiatry tools like smartphone apps can also advance care. This webinar will focus on the evolving field of smartphone digital phenotyping and consider the potential of real-time data capture via smartphones, methods necessary to analyze such data, and practical clinical applications of these tools with a focus on how digital navigators can facilitate the use of digital mental health. Looking at the evolving smartphone mental health ecosystem, Dr. Torous will also cover the topic of app evaluation for clinicians and digital navigators and supporting research for making informed choices related to smartphone apps for use in care.


Continuing Education Credit

One (1.0) contact/credit/clock hours have been designated by The Menninger Clinic for the following disciplines:

  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Addictions professionals
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists
  • Licensed professional counselors


Register for the webinar. For questions or issues related to registration, email Michelle Jennings, manager, Continuing Education.