Developing Your Online Counselling Practice

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Led by: Lawrence Murphy, MA

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.

Virtually every major EAP in Canada now offers online services; many smaller agencies and private practitioners do as well. Universities across the country are also getting on board. Online skills will be valuable in furthering your career objectives and enhancing your marketability both now and in the future.

This full-day workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the ethics, theory, research, and practice of online counselling. You will learn about computer and internet security and other important aspects of technology, including some recently exposed threats to the security of cell phone communication. Lawrence Murphy will compare and contrast the variety of online methods with consideration given to ethical issues specific to this type of counselling.

Attention will also be given to establishing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance in text-based methods like email and text-chat. You will learn ways to improve the therapeutic effectiveness of these methods with a specific focus on the Presence Techniques, based on research undertaken by Lawrence Murphy and his colleagues. Ethical and practical issues in video counselling will be identified and explored.

Fees and Registration

Monday, June 11, 2018
Multi-Faith Centre/Koffler House
(569 Spadina Ave, Toronto)
9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Earlybird Rate
(Up to April 5, 2018)
Regular Rate
(After April 5, 2018)
$250 + HST $265 + HST

You will learn —

  • To identify and address ethical issues unique to online counselling
  • How to develop policies and procedures for online services
  • About the technological aspects you need to consider when using web-based services
  • Strategies and techniques for establishing and enhancing the therapeutic alliance in the online environment
  • About important advantages that online therapy has over face-to-face therapy
  • About significant theoretical considerations in online work

This workshop may be eligible for Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) by professional organizations in Canada/Ontario serving mental health professionals. Please click here for more information.

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Lawrence Murphy, MA, is the founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, established in 1994. In collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors in the U.S., he authored the first ethical code for online counselling, and, in 1998, wrote the seminal work, When Writing Helps to Heal: Email as Therapy. Mr. Murphy publishes regularly in the academic literature, and holds an adjunct appointment and teaches in the graduate faculty at the University of Toronto. Worldwide Therapy Online delivers two levels of training in cyber-counselling; to date they have trained more than 1,000 clinicians worldwide. His website is

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