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About Good Days Ahead

Welcome to Good Days Ahead!

Good Days Ahead (GDA) is an interactive e-learning program that teaches individuals how to apply the principles of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) to overcome depression and anxiety. Clinicians and administrators can also access the program to securely monitor and track, as appropriate, their clients’ use of the system.

What is Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a psychotherapy method that helps people:
1. break out of the negative or worry filled thinking style of depression and anxiety
2. develop highly effective problem solving strategies
3. restore energy and enjoyment in life
4. learn methods for getting well and staying well.

CBT has been tested extensively and has been shown to be effective for a wide variety of emotional and behavioral issues, from anxiety and depression to smoking cessation, eating disorders, and insomnia.

Who authored this program?

Good Days Ahead was authored by Dr. Jesse Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville, Dr. Andrew Wright, Associate Professor at the University of Washington, and Dr. Aaron Beck, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beck is widely recognized as the father of cognitive therapy. Dr. Jesse Wright is a co-founder of Empower Interactive (the company behind Good Days Ahead) and has performed - and continues to perform - much of the foundational research on computer-assisted psychotherapy. He was the Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has written 8 books on CBT. Dr. Andrew Wright is an expert in technology in medicine including multimedia educational programs for doctors and consumers.

What's in the program?

The program offers a variety of interactive media formats, including videos of a choice of narrator, either Susan Rushing, M.D., J.D., or Jesse Wright, M.D., Ph.D., explaining the concepts; helpful hints and checkpoint quizzes; and videos of our main character, Lisa, who is suffering from depression and can use your help to put CBT concepts into action. GDA also offers a number of engaging practical exercises in each lesson to help individuals practice putting the concepts to work in their own lives.

Susan Rushing, M.D., J.D. is an an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. She is an attending psychiatrist for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Emergency Evaluation Center and Psychiatry Consult-Liaison Service and for the Penn Behavioral Health Forensic Psychiatry Service.

Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville has performed, and continues to perform, much of the foundational research on computer-assisted psychotherapy. He was the Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has written 8 books on CBT.

Is there clinical research supporting GDA?

GDA’s published clinical research has shown that using GDA in conjunction with just half the clinician time can result in the same reduction of depression symptoms as traditional talk therapy. The current version of GDA is currently being tested in a multi-site, NIMH funded trial.

What is Empower Interactive?

Empower Interactive, Inc., is the company behind Good Days Ahead. More information about Empower can be found on its corporate website.