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ChatGPT can be a useful tool for counselors and therapists, says new UNF study

A study published in April, co-authored by UNF faculty, highlights ChatGPT’s potential as a valuable psychoeducational resource for mental health, emphasizing the need for ongoing assessment and user feedback to ensure responsible practice in AI-powered mental health support. Dr. Rakesh K. Maurya, an assistant professor in the University of North Florida’s Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management, was the study’s lead author.  

As technology evolves, mental health professionals are using innovative tools like telehealth for remote therapy, and AI is increasingly being considered to assist in managing mental health issues. This article discusses the potential of using ChatGPT to provide self-help resources and psychoeducation to clients with mental health concerns.   

The study shares how ChatGPT can be a useful tool for counselors and therapists, offering information and discussion points for clients. However, the authors emphasize the importance of noting that ChatGPT is not a substitute for professional mental health advice or treatment.  

Rakesh’s co-authors include Steven Montesinos, UNF psychology adjunct and licensed mental health counselor; Dr. Misha Bogomaz, UNF Counseling Center director; and Dr. Amanda DeDiego, University of Wyoming counseling assistant professor.  

Read “Assessing the use of ChatGPT as a psychoeducational tool for mental health practice” online.