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The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019: Do Digital Health Interventions Increase Reach And Access To Groups And People Less Well Served By Traditional Mental Health Services (e.g. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer people, Black And Ethnic Minorities, Men With Depression, People In Rural Areas, etc.)? – Philippa Weitz

October 22 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST

The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019

Event Details


Kate Dunn | Chloe Foster | Joanna Sharpen | Kate Thompson

Philippa Weitz | John Wilson


Over 2017/8 MindTech and the James Lind Alliance identified the Top 10 questions for digital technology in mental healthcare. These were filtered down from an initial 1,350 questions, submitted by people with live experience and health professionals. It is their intention that these will guide the funders of research to ensure that future research is focused on answering these questions and that the potential of digital technology for mental health can be fully realised.

The Academy and Onlinevents are so inspired by these questions and the reasoning behind them that we have decided to use them as the focus for a series of structured conversations hosted by The Academy and Onlinevents on the future of digital mental health care. This will include both online therapy and digital impact on face-to-face therapy.

Each conversation will centre around a series of structured questions related to the theme of the DigitalmHealth Conversation.

  1. What research is there are that communities traditionally less well served might benefit from Digital Health Technologies (DHT)?
  2. Are there some DHTs which are more beneficial in these settings?
  3. What could we do to make DHTs and online therapy solutions more available to less well served communities?

Kate Dunn


I am 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, I established an online service and subsequently carried out research into the Online Therapeutic Relationship, supported by Seed Corn Funding from BACP. I have 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.

Chloe Foster


As a counsellor and trainer in my private practice, Sussex Rainbow Counselling, I specialise in gender and sexuality with LGBTQ clients. I bring a vast experience of work accrued in several LGBTQ organisations prior to my counselling career.

Since completing training in online counselling with the Academy for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy, I now run online interactive LGBTQ awareness workshops for counsellors with Online Events. This offers a very accessible way of gaining CPD and helps fellow counsellors become more confident in working with sexual and gender diversity.

I also see clients both in person and online. I love working online and offer clients the choice of sessions via video, email, instant message, or phone.

Joanna Sharpen


I'm a qualified youth worker with person centred counselling training, a BSc (hons) in Psychology, and an MA in Women and Child Abuse. I also hold a certificate and diploma in online counselling.

I have worked for AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) for 12 years, managing the children and young people's project and then as policy manager. Prior to this, I worked for the Institute of Psychiatry as a researcher and then at Eaves Women's Aid for several years in a refuge. As well as working for AVA, I am also a freelance consultant, researcher, and online counsellor. My specialist interests include supporting children and young people affected by various forms of domestic and sexual abuse, and also supporting frontline practitioners with vicarious trauma and stress.

I wrote the national toolkit on children and domestic violence 'Improving Safety, Reducing Harm' for practitioners which were published by the Department of Health and co-authored the national guidance for the Home Office on child to parent abuse.

I have also written numerous policy briefings, guidance, and training packages on violence against women and girls, and moderated the Home Office 'this is abuse' campaign, supporting over 3000 young people online.

Kate Thompson


More details to follow.

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Kate Thompson

About Philippa Weitz


I am interested in the success of the online therapeutic relationship, security, confidentiality, & jurisdiction as well as the use of virtual reality and artificial intelligence in therapeutic settings.

Most of all, I want to inspire therapists to simply go beyond turning on their webcams and thinking that is online therapy. There is such an exciting world out there for the online therapist ..... as big as the capacity of our mind to explore beyond what we are comfortable with.

So, what are my formal roles?

Click HERE for available courses & workshops.

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.

Recordings are usually posted to the library the day after the live event.

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October 22
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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