Online Therapy – How to make the Transition to Working Online


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Developing online therapy skills
with Pierre Cachia, Head of Online Therapy at Tavistock Relationships.

Online Self-Directed Learning with Study Support Materials
Three Modules.
(Total three hours CPD with associated reading for certificate)
Module 1 (31m) How to Make the Transition to Working Online and Good Practice. Price  £40
Module 2 (1hr 06m) Technology in the Therapeutic Frame: Getting it Right for our Clients £50
Module 3 (45 Mins) Reflections from Online Practice £45

Buy all three for £95 – saving £45

Many psychotherapists are intrigued about the possibility of seeing clients online and consider the pros and cons of offering online sessions. As conditions arising from the Covid 19 Pandemic encourage therapists to consider online work, this workshop will provide an opportunity to further our thinking about the advantages and limitations of web-cam-mediated therapy.

After all, the field of online therapy “is so new that standards of practice and learning resources are still being developed. None of us has enough experience as yet to be definitive, but we all feel the need to open the topic for discussion” (Scharff, 2013).

Pierre Cachia draws on his experience in setting up Tavistock Relationships’ online couple psychotherapy service, which has been running since late 2016. He will share learning from his own practice, as well as that related to having supervised Tavistock Relationships’ online clinicians over this period.

The workshop, in three filmed sections, introduces both technical and theoretical aspects of online work. Participants learn how to set up equipment for a video session and how to address related technological issues. The application of theory will be explored with particular emphasis on appreciating the differences and challenges presented when working within a digitally-mediated therapeutic frame. The use of technique will be illustrated with relevant case material. Ethical and legal considerations will be highlighted with special attention given to the management of the risk inherent in working online. Participants will be invited to share their reflections, questions and concerns.

Part 1 – The Online Medium: Characteristics, Opportunities and Limitations

Topics include:

  • Terminology
  • Digital Immigrants and  Digital Natives
  • Psychic Space and Cyberspace
  • The Online Disinhibition Effect
  • Positive and Negative Aspects of Cyberspace
  • The Culture of the Online Medium
  • The Good and Bad of eTherapy

Part 2 – Technology in the Therapeutic Frame: Getting the Setting Right for Our Clients

Topics include:

  • Computer System Requirements for Online Therapy
  • How to Choose Your Videoconferencing Software
  • Ensuring a Reliable Connection
  • Selecting Hardware and Peripherals for Online Therapy
  • Preparing a Suitable Clinical Space for Delivery of Online Therapy
  • Being Well Prepared as a Clinician for Online Therapy
  • Becoming an Online Patient
  • Contingency Planning and Using Successful Protocols in Your Online Practice

Part 3 – Reflections from Online Practice: Interpretation and Therapeutic Intervention in Online Therapy.

Topics include:

  • Management of Risk and Safeguarding Confidentiality
  • Issues Around Jurisdiction and International Delivery
  • Counter Indications for Online Therapy
  • Working in a Different Frame
  • Visual Composition as Communication
  • What Does the Image from the Webcam Convey
  • Implications of Operating in Cyberspace
  • Reaching New Populations

This online workshop is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners working with individual clients and couples, as well as for trainees.

Payment provides the viewer with access to the material for 4 months (125 days).

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