November 27, 2014
Cyber Counselling & Therapy On-Line
Thursday November 27th, 2014 with Lawrence Murphy
This Solutions On Site workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the ethics, theory, research and practice of online counselling.
Led by Lawrence Murphy of Therapy Online, this full day workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the ethics, theory, research and practice of online counselling. Participants will learn about computer and Internet security and other important aspect of the technology. The variety of online methods will be compared and contrasted. Time will be spent covering clinical techniques that enhance the therapeutic effectiveness of text-based methods like email and text-chat. Attention will be given to establishing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance in text, as well as to a variety of writing techniques including Therapy Online’s Presence Techniques.
Lawrence Murphy is the co-founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, which was established in 1994. In collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors, he and co-founder Dan Mitchell authored the first ethical code for online counselling. More recently Lawrence co-authored the online counselling standards for Family Service Ontario’s Clinical Practice Guidelines. Through Therapy Online’s Research Institute Lawrence and his colleagues publish regularly in the academic literature, including their seminal 1998 work When Writing Helps To Heal: Email as Therapy, which has been cited more than 200 times in the academic literature. In collaboration with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Therapy Online delivers 2 levels of training in cybercounselling. To date they have trained more than 600 clinicians worldwide. Therapy Online also licenses software to individuals and agencies keen to deliver services online. The multi-lingual PrivacEmail system provides a complete online clinical practice including email-style and chat counselling options as well as registration, screening, and survey and questionnaire components. Lawrence holds an adjunct appointment and teaches a graduate course in Cybercounselling in the faculty at the U of T. Most recently he has delivered workshops in cybercounselling at Victoria University in Melbourne, the Counselling Centre in Thunder Bay and Tulane University in New Orleans. Lawrence holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from UBC.