Good Days Ahead is a web-based, interactive psychoeducation package that works with the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The program is mainly marketed to clinicians who use the program to supplement traditional psychotherapy, but it can also be purchased directly by consumers if desired. Users are asked to rate themselves on anxiety and depression scales and these ratings are graphically displayed as the user goes through various aspects of the program. The program contains 9 lessons that cover the basic concepts of CBT, the “Thinking Skills” or cognitive aspects of CBT, the “Behavioral Skills” of CBT, “Schemas” and various “Coping Tools”. Expert therapists provide video based instructions during these lessons. The lessons are complemented by a “Practice Section” in which users produce a detailed “Thought Change Record” to monitor progress and to prepare for future stressful events. A mobile app called “ReThink” can also be used as a supplement to the web-based version of the program. The app allows the user to record thoughts and reactions that can later be entered into the computer program, but does not allow access to a full version of the program.
Available for: Web-based computer program. Supplementary app is available for iOS and Android devices.
Company: Empower Interactive
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Targeted Condition: Anxiety and Depression
Target Demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No but can be used in conjunction with a therapist.
Non-English language versions available: no
Where to get it: Empower Interactive
Expert ratings and reviews
PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product
Research base 3/3
Research support 2/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 3/3
Number of consumer ratings 1/3
Product advisory support 1/1
Software support 2/2
date of rating: June 2016
- Two experts rated the MARS
- Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score
Research on the product
- Wright JH, Wright AS, Albano AM et al: Computer-Assisted Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Maintaining Efficacy While Reducing Therapist Time. American Journal of Psychiatry 2005; 162:1158-1164.
- Wright JH, Wright AS, Salmon P et al: Development and Initial Testing of a Multi-media Program for Computer-assisted Cognitive Therapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy 2002;56:76-86.
- Eells TD, Barrett MS, Wright JH et al: Can Cognitive Therapy be Conducted by Computers? Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports. 2015; DOI 10.1007/s40473-015-0051-4.