With a topic you can create modules. A topic can be assigned as a module by a therapist in the Minddistrict application. Therapists can combine different modules to create a personal route for each of their clients. It is also possible to make a topic available as self-help content for the client in the self-help catalogue. Clients can then start working on these modules whenever they have the need or desire.
Topics are 'mobile first' modules. This means that the design of the module is completely mobile focussed and therefore suitable for use in the Minddistrict app. A topic can also be used in the web-application.
A topic consists of chapters and pages (see below to read more about them). As an editor you can define the order and content in those chapters and pages. You can also add motivating milestones and reflection/submission moments.
Three layers: topic, chapters, pages
A topic consists of three layers: the topic, in which contains the chapters. And the chapters, which consists of pages. In the image below you see an example:
- Topic = Rumination (green)
- Chapter = Introduction (purple)
- Page = Kicking a bad habit (blue)
The topic layer
A topic is the container that holds all the pieces of content on a specific subject, presenting them as one intervention. The technical term for this layer is 'topic', but in everyday usage, we still use the term 'module'. Examples of modules are 'Rumination', 'Relaxation' and 'Depression'.
The chapter layer
Each topic exists of several chapters. You can compare these with chapters in a book: they offer an overview of the main subjects that will be addressed in the topic. Usually a topic will contain 2-10 chapters. Chapters are not the same as documents in the web-only modules (old CMS style)! The scope of documents is tightly linked to the idea of 'the (amount of) content that the end user would take on in one week'. Therefore sessions could include multiple subjects, or subjects could be spread out over multiple sessions. Within topics this is not the case. End users control their own pace through the topic and the main purpose of chapters is to offer structure and overview. Therefore the scope of chapters usually differs (slightly) from the scope of documents.
Each chapter is developed as a stand-alone block of content, which means it can be added or deleted from the topic without repercussions for the rest of the content. In order for this to be possible, there shouldn't be any references to content outside of the chapter.
The names of the chapters are only visible to editors and therapists. This means we advise you to use therapist-friendly titles. Examples of chapters are: 'Psycho-education about depression', 'Anti-rumination techniques', 'Cognitive techniques for dealing with burnout'.
The page layer
A page is the chunk of content an end user sees in one screen. Spreading the content over multiple pages has the advantage of presenting the content in manageable chunks. Also, it gives the content a clean and concise look and feel.
The end users (mostly clients) see the module as a list of pages that they move through one by one. When the end user clicks on the 'continue' button, they move on to the next page. In the client navigation, the end user can see all the pages in their personal route; the ones that they've already passed and the ones that are coming up.