This session offered an introduction to a series of 4 events that will follow during October and November 2017. The aim of the events is to provide an up-to-date overview of the opportunities and challenges that exist for therapists working in a technological age in 2017.
Each individual session will respond to a different theme. The complete series will help therapists to make informed choices about the use of computerised technology within their work, explore safety concerns, reflect on ethical challenges and direct them to sources of support, advice and further training.
The events will be of interest to counsellors who incorporate a variety of technological approaches into marketing their services, managing their practices etc. They will also be aimed at practitioners who are offering (or considering offering) online therapy, perhaps through web-cam/video sessions, audio or telephone communication, via instant messenger (IM) or through email.
Kate and Carole aim to make the events interactive. At this first session, they introduced themselves, described their backgrounds and interests within the field, as well as set the scene for the programme ahead. Those who attended live had a chance to raise points of interest for inclusion in the subsequent sessions.
About Kate Dunn
Kate Dunn is a psychotherapeutic counsellor, supervisor and consultant/trainer currently working in private practice both online and face-to-face. Whilst working as a counsellor in a university setting she established an online service and subsequently carried out research into the Online Therapeutic Relationship, supported by Seed Corn Funding from BACP. She has shared ideas resulting from this research in journal articles (including Therapy Today, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Journal and TILT magazine) and in the book: “Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet”, Edited by P Weitz, Karnac Books 2014.
About Carole Francis-Smith
Carole Francis-Smith is a counselling psychologist working in private practice. Carole currently provides therapy both face-to-face and online, runs trainings for therapists considering working online (and other mental health/staff resilience areas), and business coaching for therapists setting up an online practice. Her doctoral research was in the Online Therapeutic Relationship from which she also became fascinated by online communications in broader contexts, especially where these impact on the work of therapists and the experiences of clients. She writes articles on the subject, gets involved in debates and writes reviews for/advises other private practitioners through an online resource called The Private Practice Hub.