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Level 1 Cybercounselling

Spring 2017 registration is now open

To register please follow the link at the bottom of the page

Instructors

Paul Parnass, Lawrence Murphy and  Mary MacDougall
(meet the instructors)

"Cybercounselling - Level 1" is a three module course designed for experienced counselling practitioners who want to be accessible to their clients via e-mail and chat. The first module is designed as an introduction to Cybercounselling and is intended to provide participants with an experience of learning that will help them decide whether to continue with modules two and three in order to be granted Cybercounselling: Level 1 certification. Certificates are issued exclusively by Therapy Online.

Course Description

Participants will improve their online counselling skills and professionalism. The course is highly interactive and personal with a low student/teacher ratio. Online group and dyadic processes are used so that the entire course is a forum to practise text-based communication skills. Participants from around the world will study and discuss assigned readings, learn about and use secure e-mail and chat technology, practise a diverse range of therapeutic communication skills and tools, engage in role-play, and receive clinical feedback once each Module.

The course employs a "practitioner-researcher" model and covers the three areas that are essential to the provision of a professional, ethical, and effective e-mail counselling service:

  • Text-based communication and counselling skills
  • Ethical issues
  • Technological issues and skills

 

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Assignments are given on a weekly basis. Every Friday evening an electronic lecture will be sent out by the course facilitator. Students review the lecture along with the course website section appropriate to that session and complete the assignments by the following Thursday.

Individuals complete their course work in an asynchronous manner. Because of this, participants can fit the course work into their individual schedules to complete each session's assignments within specified deadlines. Participants who have plans to travel while the course is underway will be able to continue their participation, as long as they have Internet access. The only exception is the Chat exercise during which you must be online at the same time as your partner to complete the activity.

The full course (i.e.: all 3 modules) lasts 12 weeks (in the fall and witner we have break weeks between each Module). The work load involves approximately five to seven hours per week. Please carefully consider your ability to schedule these hours into each week.

Read the Orientation Document to learn more.

Learning Goals and Expected Outcomes:

Participants who complete the course will be able to

  1. Use encrypted email and live chat technology in professional counselling relationships
  2. Use online client registration and tracking tools
  3. Demonstrate, in simulated online counselling relationships, effective use of at least five counselling skills that are unique to text-only cyberspace
  4. Provide resolutions for at least three ethical issues that are unique to asynchronous online counselling
  5. Critique or comment on at least two theoretical or practical issues that are unique to online counselling relationships
  6. Explain to a simulated online client at least eight unique characteristics of online counselling (i.e., client orientation to online counselling)
  7. Demonstrate, with a simulated client, the use of the practitioner-researcher approach to evaluating the online counselling process
  8. Evaluate his/her level of preparedness to deliver online counselling in his/her current counselling practice

Participant Feedback:

"It is an empowering and professional course that I would encourage all therapists to participate in."
- Phyllis, Ontario

"You [the instructors] were wonderful. The layout is clear and sequential. I found it a blessing to have such structure.... I appreciate the way that I can 'hear' your voice in your instructions."
- Victoria, China

"There is nothing that I can think of that I had hoped we would learn but didn't. I was most interested in learning clinical skills. I believe that I got that and much more."
- Peter, Ontario

"I really enjoyed the Cybercounselling course and have mentioned it each time I have spoken around Australia about my research. "
- Carole, Australia


Experiential Learning Activities:

Participants will

  • continually practise online text-only communication and relationship building skills in their interactions with other participants and the instructors
  • provide online counselling via role-play
  • use the PrivacEmail system, including many of its features, in their interactions with other participants and the instructors. (There is no charge for the use of PrivacEmail Professional for duration of the course and 30 days beyond.)
  • receive feedback from peers and instructors, as well as one-to-one eSupervisionTM

Course Prerequisites:

  • A Master's degree in counselling or a related field and at least 2 years of experience delivering in-person counselling;
  • OR an equivalent combination of education and experience (Please email Lawrence or call him at 519-831-9141 to inquire about equivalency).
  • Comfort with, and extensive experience using a computer with at least the last 5 years using e-mail and the internet.
  • Membership in a professional association and adherence to their ethical code.
  • Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements:

    Both Windows and Apple computers may be used. Dial-up Internet access is slow. High-speed access is recommended. For the use of Chat the computer you use must allow Secure Sockets.

    Tuition fees for Level I

    (all amounts in Canadian Dollars):

    The total cost for the Level 1 training is $1287 (plus taxes as applicable). Fees may also be paid per Module as the training progresses.

    Module 1 $429
    Module 2 $429
    Module 3 $429

    Discounts may apply!

    The Spring 2017 course will run April 7th through June 29th.

    To register for Spring 2017 Click here to review the Terms and Conditions, then follow

    the link at the bottom of the page to the registration form and PayPal link.

    Questions? Contact:

    Lawrence Murphy research@sympatico.ca or (519) 831-9141