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Therapy Online

Therapy Online
A Practical Guide

First Edition

December 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"An enjoyable book that helps to bring counselling into the 21st century. Kate and DeeAnna have played a significant role in the development of online therapy and their enthusiasm for the subject matter, and experience as trainers and practitioners, comes through in this informative text."

Terry Hanley, Director of MA in Counselling, University of Manchester

The plethora of online services now available has led to a growing demand for practitioners to look beyond traditional face-to-face therapy and take advantage of the flexibility which email and the Internet can offer them and their clients. This guide gives up-to-the minute information and research, ethical and legal advice, on the practicalities of setting up or joining a service, and the essential therapeutic skills needed to be an effective online therapist.

Writing for an international audience, the authors discuss the issues for practitioners using the Internet today, as well as in the future. Basing their study on published empirical research, they address:

- text-based therapeutic interventions such as email, Internet Relay Chat and forums, from the perspective of different theoretical orientations, illustrated with a full length

case study

- new Ethical Framework for using Technology in Mental Health

- online supervision, online research; group therapy online

- the "business" of setting up in private practice or e-clinics

- other therapeutic uses of technology including use of video therapy, mobile SMS, telephone therapy, Virtual Reality environments, gaming and computerised CBT.

The authoritative guide to all aspects of being an online therapist, this practical text is a vital addition to any therapist's library. It will also be valuable reading for anyone training to be a counsellor or psychotherapist in our increasingly 'electronic' world.

Foreword Casey Truffo, MFT
Theoretical Aspects of Online Therapy
Essential Skills and Considerations of Online Therapy
Working Without a Physical Presence
Ethical Considerations
The Business of Online Therapy
Case Study
Training Online Therapists
Supervision, Research and Groups/Couples
A Look to the Future and Concluding Thoughts

An excellent resource for providing therapy online. It is very practical and gives thorough examples throughout. It also goes beyond online therapy and discusses how to remain ethical with any type of records stored electronically.

Miss Caroline Gilchrist
Access, City of Wolverhampton College
July 8, 2013

Relevant as a reference for those students lookign to diversify after face to face training completed

Mrs Rebecca Southall
Counselling Training, GB Prohealth Ltd
March 11, 2013

A very useful overview, which can give practical introduction to those starting out

Dr Maggie Allison
Department of Psychology, University of Teesside
May 29, 2012

Interesting read with a clear practical application to therapists in training. Easy to read, clear and good reference to legislation and current guidelines.

However, in places I would have liked more examples and certainly more research evidence of the effectiveness of online therapy.

This is also such a fast moving area that already beginning to date and lacks consideration of the use of social media networks.

In summary, a good text but would need to be read alongside others for a ful understanding of this area.

Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson
Health and Life Sciences, The University of the West of England
September 28, 2011

See review for undergraduate course

Dr Elizabeth Jenkinson
Health and Life Sciences, The University of the West of England
September 28, 2011

Excellent guide for those wishing to counsel online. Informative and well written.

Mrs Debbie Forde
Counselor Education , Truro College
September 14, 2010

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