iPad Apps for Therapists and Social Workers

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With an ever-growing array of apps for the iPad, there’s no doubt that developers would begin to create applications for Therapists and Social Workers.  Below is a list of some of our favorites — from sifting through new Psych findings to quick info on ICD9 coding.

PsycExplorer HD aggregates each day’s Psych news from the web and delivers it in a user-friendly manner to your iPad or iPhone. Not only does the app pull from top news sites and peer reviewed journals, but they source a host of videos and podcasts.  A great resource to keep up in the field.

For clinicians themselves and to use as patient education guide, 3D Brain is an app for the iPad and iPhone to illustrate what happens when the brain is injured — through trauma or addiction — and how brain structures are involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. And best of all, it’s free.

For those of us that are in practicums or internships with where we’re required to use ICD-9 codes for billing purposes, it can be a time consuming hassle searching the right code.  The ICD9 Consultant 2011, a free app, makes it easy to search by diagnosis or code number without flipping through a 30-pound book.

The DSM remains the go-to manual in the mental health field for diagnosis and information on disorders.  At $46.99 DSM Criteria is pricey but puts hundreds of pages of information at your fingertips including criteria and codes as well as NOS and specific diagnoses related to substance abuse.

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