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The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019: How Can Social Media Be Used More Effectively To Bring People With Mental Health Problems Together And Help Them Connect (e.g. In Their Communities), Rather Than Isolating Them In Their Homes? – Philippa Weitz

November 5, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

The Digital mHealth Conversation Series 2019

Event Details


Ranjot Bhogal | Rosanna Gilderthorp | Inga Þórðardóttir | Dr. Carole Francis-Smith | Sandra Wilson

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. We've heard a lot about the need for therapists to manage their social media boundaries extremely careful, what might they do to use social media within professional boundaries?
  2. What might be good examples of social media tools that could help support clients and patients?
  3. How do we know whether a social media tool is any good?
  4. What do the professional membership bodies say about therapist's use of social media?

Ranjot Bhogal


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Ranjot Bhogal

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Rosanna Gilderthorp


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Inga Þórðardóttir


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Dr. Carole Francis-Smith


I am a counselling psychologist working in private practice. I currently provide therapy and supervision both face-to-face and online, run trainings for therapists considering working online (and other mental health/staff resilience areas), and business coaching for therapists setting up an online practice. My doctoral research was in the Online Therapeutic Relationship from which I also became fascinated by online communications in broader contexts, especially where these impact on the work of therapists and the experiences of clients. I'm an advocate of Compassionate Mind training/Compassion Focused therapy and have recently been taking a look at what can happen to compassion when communicating in online contexts. The Netiquette guidelines I produced are in the process of being adopted by the Compassionate Mind Foundation as good practice.

Sandra Wilson


Known as 'Saz' around social media; I'm a social media coach, the creator of the 2019 Social Media Planner for Private Practice, and the co-founder of Onlinevents CPD.

I support therapists as they start to use social media to promote their private practice. Being visible online can make therapists feel vulnerable but, at the same time, in the today's world of accessible technology, it is often an essential part of promoting their practice. Online is where people are searching now for goods and services, including therapy.

Specialising in the 'How To' of social media marketing, I teach therapists how to get started with different platforms, how to create content, how to use free tools, and how to create a regular ongoing online presence without having to be on their phone or at their PC every day. Support from me is in the form of 1-1 online coaching, a free Facebook community, and an Online Content Planner (an image and caption for every day of the year).

I really believe the more people start to see and hear therapists on Social Media, the stigma of 'going to therapy' will start to change. Through social media, people will become aware of the faces and voices of the therapists in their local community. This can make it easier for them to take the step to reach out and book a session for themselves, or even encourage a friend or family member to reach out to someone they can talk to. I am here to support therapists in growing and enriching their practice.

Sandra Wilson

Therapists Social Media Coach

1) @Onlinevents_saz
2) @SocialWithSaz


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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.

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November 5, 2019
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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