Level 1 Cybercounselling
Spring 2017 registration is now closed
To pre-register for summer or fall please use the email link at the bottom of the page
Paul Parnass, Lawrence Murphy and Mary
(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.
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:
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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
is an empowering and professional course
that I would encourage all therapists to
[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."
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
really enjoyed the Cybercounselling
course and have mentioned it each time I
have spoken around Australia about my
Experiential Learning Activities:
- 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
- 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.
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 Summer 2017 course will run July 7th through September 28th. The fall course will run September 8th through December 14th To pre-register for either course, or if you have questions, contact:
or (519) 831-9141
The fall course will run September 8th through December 14th
To pre-register for either course, or if you have questions, contact: