Ep. 141: AI Therapy Chatbots

The Artificial Intelligence industry seems to be single-mindedly set on advancing the human-chatbot relationship. To no surprise, this has expanded into the mental health arena with new apps poised to meet the growing demand for providers. If research has shown that humans can develop relationships with chatbots – does this provide validity for therapy chatbots, or is it a grave concern? It’s imperative that parents have grounded convictions on this topic because it will likely become the norm of society.

In today’s episode, Kelly & Chelsea (a licensed ACBC Biblical Counselor) analyze the purpose, effective practices, and goals of counseling and compare those with what AI-powered therapy chatbots can offer. They review the horizon of therapy apps available, ranging from human teletherapy to mindfulness to chatbots trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, all in an effort to guide parents in the BEST option for their child or themselves.

Articles referenced:

Can AI Chatbots Ever Replace Human Therapists?
America Has Reached Peak Therapy: Why is Our Mental Health Getting Worse?
What Powers Woebot
Artificial Intelligence Could Help Solve America’s Impending Mental Health Crisis (2019)
AI Chatbots Could Help Provide Therapy But Caution is Needed
Chatbots for Mental Health Care Are Booming, But There’s Little Proof That They Help
Therapy by Chatbot? The Promise and Challenges in Using AI for Mental Health
Apps With Maps: Anxiety and Depression Mobile Apps With Evidence-Based Frameworks
Youth Suicide Rates Rose 62% between 2007 and 2021
Evidence of Human-Level Established With Digital Conversational Agent: Cross-Sectional, Retrospective Observational Study
Five AI Chatbot Mobile Apps That Aim to Put a Therapist in Your Pocket

Podcasts referenced:

Episode 108: APA Recommendation for Adolescent Social Media Use
Episode 105: The Content Driven Life
Episode 94: The Heart and Online Influence

Scripture referenced:

2 Timothy 3:16
Galatians 6:1-3
Galatians 5:13
James 5:16
1 Thessalonians 5:11


Helpful articles for further reading:
The A to Z of Artificial Intelligence
What Does it Mean to be Human?


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