How to provide counselling and psychotherapy using online technologies

PACFA’s Code of Ethics 2017 highlights the importance of providing online therapy services in an ethical manner. As Practitioners increasingly move towards delivering counselling or psychotherapy using online technologies, it is important that they undertake professional development to ensure that they are not only competent to work in this manner but also have training in how to transfer their skills already at use in the therapy room to an online environment.

Major learning outcomes:
– Understanding the practical aspects of technology in the online environment, within the therapeutic space and within a therapeutic process.
– Experience in testing online practice options against the PACFA Ethics Code.
– A process to support making individual decisions as a professional in regard to the offering of online therapeutic services and what adjustments are required, using as a benchmark existing face to face environments and processes.

This is a small online course with 20 participants, please register early to avoid disappointment. You will need access to the internet, a microphone and a webcam to participate in this course. 

Participants will be asked to undertake compulsory reflective questions in order to solidify the learning outcomes and to successfully complete the course. Participants will also need to attend a minimum of 3 out of 4 sessions.

*Attendance at Session 1 is Mandatory. If you cannot attend Session 1 you will need to book into a later Course.*

This is an eight-hour online course which covers the following areas via 4 x 2 hour interactive webinar sessions from 6:30pm – 8:30pm AEST (Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane).

May 4th – Session 1: Exploring the differences between your face-to-face space and the online space – one
May 11th – Session 2: Exploring the differences between your face-to-face process and an online process – two 
May 18th – Session 3: Testing online environment & process options against the PACFA code of ethics
May 25th  – Session 4: Assessing the merits of online environment and process options

This online course will be facilitated by Nigel Polak and was written by Fiona Griffith

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. 

Members $260 (inc. GST) for PACFA Registrants and  PACFA Member Association members.
Non-member $320 (inc. GST).
For PACFA Registrants, the course counts as 8 hours of Category A CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Cancellations made 5 or less working days prior to the course commencement date are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to a future course or event. 
Cancellations of more than 5 working days may apply for a refund. 

Register via the PACFA PORTAL 

04/05/2020 - 25/05/2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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