Morneau Shepell Ltd. is offering its internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy program as an approved paramedical benefit through several insurance companies.

The program, AbilitiCBT, delivers online CBT that combines therapist guidance with interactive exercises and activities. It focuses on changing negative thought patterns, emotional responses and behaviours to reduce absenteeism and improve engagement, shorten return-to-work timeframes and reduce the costs of managing employees who are living with mental-health conditions, noted a press release.

Read: Great-West Life, Morneau Shepell partner for online cognitive behavioural therapy

“Recognizing iCBT as an eligible paramedical service represents a major shift in mental-health support,” said Nigel Branker, president of health and productivity solutions at Morneau Shepell. “Previously, individuals could only get iCBT support through their employer’s employee and family assistance program or disability management program.

“Enabling access directly through benefits program insurance providers will allow employees to easily integrate therapy into their lives and reduce time spent away from the office for therapy appointments.”

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