The Keys to Professional Clinical Practice Online Workshop – April 13, 2019


Program Overview

Today, people use the Internet for everything from chatting with friends, to taking courses, to shopping for shoes. And, increasingly, clients expect to be able to connect with their helping
professional online.

The only question is whether the professional is ready. Some people suggest that online services are the future of counselling and therapy. But they are not. Virtually every major EAP in Canada now offers online services. And many smaller agencies and private practitioners do as well. Universities across the country are also getting on board. The future is now.

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 with consideration given to ethical issues specific to video counselling.
Attention will be given to establishing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance in text. Time will be spent covering clinical techniques that improve the therapeutic effectiveness of text-based methods like email and text-chat with a specific focus on the Presence Techniques. Based on research undertaken by Mr. Murphy and his colleagues, and on two decades of experience using these techniques, participants will have hands-on opportunities to develop their skills.

You will learn:

  • To identify ethical issues unique to online service delivery
  • A process for developing policies and procedures for online services
  • To describe important technological considerations in the use of web-based services
  • Important advantages that online therapy has over face to face therapy
  • To explain significant theoretical considerations in online work
  • A variety of strategies and techniques for establishing and enhancing the therapeutic alliance in the online environment

Cost: $100 + HST for OACCPP & CAPT members ($150 for Non-Members)
Date: April 13th, 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm EST
Location: Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave (at Bloor), Room R318, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

Coffee, refreshments and lunch included.

Please note, space is limited.

OACCPP Members: Register from the OACCPP Member’s Portal



Workshop Facilitator Biography:

Lawrence Murphy is the founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, which he established in 1994. In collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors, he authored the first ethical code for online counselling. 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 280 times. Therapy Online delivers 2 levels of training in cybercounselling and licenses software to individuals, agencies and institutions keen to deliver services online. Lawrence received his MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.