Developing therapeutic presence online - Recording
Developing therapeutic presence in the online space

Presented by Nigel Polak

21 July 2020

The link between therapeutic presence, the client’s experience of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic effectiveness are now well established.

This interactive webinar will support practitioners who have transitioned to the provision of online therapy, many having been forced to do so due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, to deepen their therapeutic presence while using audio and video technologies.

Common misconceptions will be identified, and simple but effective strategies will be offered for participants to immediately implement in their own practice.


Nigel Polak

Nigel is a Counsellor, Clinical Supervisor (not yet registered) and Educator in private practice online and the NSW Mid-North Coast. He has had previous careers as a solicitor in private practice, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, Restorative Justice Practitioner and IT Consultant. He is intimately familiar with educational, disabilities, justice and child protection systems. Specialising in existential therapy, Nigel has been in private practice in various capacities for over 15 years. He has taught and supervised counselling theories and skills to Masters level at various universities, including ACAP and UNE, for 10 years and continuing both face-to-face and online. He currently teaches exclusively online. He takes a keen interest in the use of digital technology for delivery of counselling and supervision services and for professional development. Nigel has been teaching, supervising and providing counselling and coaching services to individuals and couples using online technologies for a number of years.

Nigel frequently presents, supports and hosts online webinars and workshops for personal and professional development for EAPs, universities and for PACFA. Nigel brings a personal and professional ethic firmly rooted in existential philosophy and theory to all areas of his practice. His extensive legal experience makes him a valuable resource in all things ethical, legal and procedural. As an NDIS provider, family dispute resolution practitioner, restorative justice practitioner, youth worker, case manager, trainer, teacher, supervisor and presenter he brings insight and understanding to a range of multi-disciplinary issues and challenges when working in the online space. He is passionate about providing accessible high-quality professional development counselling, psychotherapy, justice, child protection and mental health practitioners in a relaxed and mutually respectful and supportive learning environment.

The recording counts as 2 hours of Category B CPD for PACFA's membership renewal requirements

PACFA Members: $16 (incl. GST)
Non-Members $26 (incl. GST)

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