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Online counselling is becoming increasingly popular, but working with clients through the internet presents new challenges for practitioners. Is it really safe and confidential? How can clients build rapport with their therapist without face-to-face contact? Can feelings really be expressed through text? This book gives invaluable advice on the technical and therapeutic aspects of online work from two seasoned experts.
Clear, supportive and very practice-friendly, Online Counselling explores the ways counsellors can use the internet to augment their practice. Readers are taken through a wide range of situations, from setting up contracts and creating a secure working environment to undestanding and using emoticons. Drawing on their considerable experience as online counsellors and supervisors, the authors explain how to create an online working alliance with clients through emails, instant messaging and live chat-room sessions. In particular, the book:
- Uses language that demystifies the jargon of the internet
- Tackles ethical and legal issues of working online
- Explores the use of image and sound online
- Shows how different theoretical approaches can be applied to online practice
- Includes step-by-step exercises, memorable examples and a handy glossary.
|Series:||Professional Handbooks in Counselling and Psychotherapy|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||464 KB|
About the Author
ANNE STOKES is Co-Director of Counselling Online Ltd, where she continues to draw on her experience as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor. She is also a BACP Accredited counsellor and has also worked in universities and further education institutions.
Table of ContentsAbout This Book
Introduction to Online Counselling
Making a Start
The Online Contract
Counselling Asynchronously by Email and Message Board
Counselling Synchronously by Live Chatroom Session
Using Text to Explore Feelings
Working Therapeutically Online with Image and Sound
An Overview of Useful Theories
Boundaries and Online Counselling
Putting it all into Practice
Appendix - Codes of Practice Relating to Online Therapy
What People are Saying About This
What a delightful read! Jones and Stokes have succeeded in covering a tremendous range of issues and strategies relevant to all aspects of online communication.' – Dr Michael Fenichel, Past President and Fellow of the International Society for Mental Health Online
'Excellent value.' – THE Textbook Guide, May 2009