The partners in the Therapy 2.0 project have developed this training course to give advisors, counsellors and therapists an understanding of different ways of using online technologies in counselling and therapeutic work. Digital interventions offer various benefits for advisors, counsellors and therapists as well as clients and patients. This training course will make you aware of them and will support your decision-making process if you might use them as additional instruments.
You can use this course as a self-learning tool. You can also use this course as a seminar together with colleagues.
However, online counselling or therapy is not for everyone. It might not suit clients/patients who are not comfortable with technology. And it might not suit clients/patients who are in severe crisis. In some cases where there is a severe crisis, an initial e-counselling session could be useful to analyse the situation and decide on next steps.
This training course raises the awareness of the potential of online approaches in counselling and therapeutic processes. The training results can be incorporated immediately into counselling and therapeutic practice.
For best practice examples and detailed guidelines please consult the Therapy2.0 website: www.ecouncelling4youth.eu
This module is addressed to professionals, e.g. advisors, counsellors and therapists, and discusses how these professionals may exploit technology-enhanced information tools, such as websites and Web 2.0 online elements (forms, calendars, blogs e.t.c.) as well as communication tools, such as video or voice chat applications and services, in order to communicate online with their clients in a safe way, in terms of data privacy and security, for the every day professional needs and activities.
Guidelines on how to find in Internet more information on these issues are also provided.
This module discusses the technical competences that advisors, counsellors, therapists have to master if they are interested in using online services and communication tools, such as website, email, video/voice chating/conferencing tools for communicating with their clients.
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