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#CYP2019 – Therapy in the Digital Age: Digital Context, Ethics, and Practice – Ani de la Prida

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Ani de la Prida

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Children are now growing up with a digital foundation and framework for their lives. Understanding how a young person's sense of self is developing is important, but do therapists understand their client's digital identity?

Understanding the digital context of clients is important. I discovered through my research that many therapists are nervous of engaging with technology, and are biased towards the negative aspects and dangers of the digital world. But our world, and the world of young people, is increasingly digitalised and I think it is vital as therapists that we understand our clients as digital natives in a digital world, and that we are able to enter their frame of reference in order to work effectively.

In this session, I'd like to share some of my research findings, clinical experiences, and digital dilemmas. The session will explore some of the challenges, risks, and effects that technology including social media and gaming, has on young people, and help practitioners develop strategies for working with young clients within a digital context.


Purchase book -> (An Introduction to Cyberpsychology – Irene Connolly, Marion Palmer, Hannah Barton, Gráinne Kirwan - March 2016)
Chapter Summary -> Chapter 1 - Introduction to Cyberpsychology

YouTube Video:
Mary Aiken on Cyberpsychology


Digital Parenting Resources:

About Ani de la Prida

I am a person-centred therapist and work with clients of all ages using counselling, art, and play therapy; and have worked with children and young people since 2002. I am also a lecturer, trainer, supervisor, and writer. Since carrying out research in 2013, I have focused on the digital context of clients and therapy. I have developed my practice to include digital media and have developed various educational resources including BA in Counselling & Psychotherapy at Anglia Ruskin University, 'Digital Media in Therapy' module to explore the digital context of therapy, risk, online behaviour, and working with young people in a cyber era, and most recently an "Introduction to  Cyberpsychology' module for  NCUIL University, to examine online behaviour, disinhibition effect, digital identity, and cyberbullying.

My revised chapter for the Second Edition (2018) Referrals and Indications for Therapy et al (2018) The Handbook of Counselling Children & Young People has just been published by Sage.


Chapter 9 of "The Handbook of Counselling Children & Young People" edited by Maggie Robson & Sue Pattison - (September 2018)

Event Format


This event will be an interview conducted using a ZOOM video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

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January 29
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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