Telehealth & Psychology of the Web:
Conducting Psychotherapy in Cyberspace
2 CE Credits - Online Course - $19.00
Developed by Telehealth Expert, John Suler, Ph.D.
CE Credits for Psychologists,
LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs & LCSWs (BBS) Social
Counselors (NBCC, NAADAC, CALPCC), Nurses (BRN) & More
This course is also offered as part of a TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics Certificate of 26 CE Credits.
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GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION
Psychotherapy and the Internet are bound to meet -- in the 21st century any therapist ignoring the web is fighting a tidal wave. However, many therapists are very much in the dark about how and whether to treat clients online, as well as other issues around conducting therapy in the digital age. Even if one's practice remains face-to-face (as most of ours do), the Internet comes into therapy in the form of emails, online support groups, text messages, smartphone therapeutically related applications, and the like.
Interacting online is quite different than doing so in person - facial expressions are absent from text communication; interactions have the option of being asynchronatic; even video chat does not afford the option of a warm handshake or hug. Nevertheless, the Internet holds a draw that keeps billions of us online for hours a day - often, all day long. More and more of us are conducting and receiving therapy with the aid of text messages, email, video chat and more. For example, the virtual world of Second Life offers people several types of virtual psychotherapies.
This course is a follow-up to our course on Psychology of the Internet and Online Gaming and a complementary course to our course on Telehealth: The New Standard. It provides an in-depth look at the intersection of psychology and the Internet.
This advanced level course can be taken independent of any preliminary courses. It consists of seven short articles written by telehealth expert, Dr. John Suler. These are split into four sections: Introduction; Psychology of Cyberspace; Conducting Therapy Online; Resources. The Introductory section gives context for deeper exploration of performing therapy online. The second section, Psychology of Cyberspace, details the special features of online and text communication. The third section, Conducting Therapy Online, provides guidance for therapists about online groups and avatar psychotherapy. Finally, we provide useful online resources for further study on the subject of Psychology of the Web.
This course will teach psychotherapists to
- Integrate 21st Century technology effectively into one's therapy practice.
- Appraise the appropriateness of conducting therapy online with various clients.
- Summarize the unique complexities and opportunities presented by 21st century technology.
- Apply the best medium to treat various presenting issues.
- Discuss the unique aspects of text-only communication.
- Review the important aspects of online communication (not only text) and how they influence therapy online.
- Common concerns about therapy in cyberspace
- Questions to explore: How personality types show up online
- Psychology of Cyberspace
- Special features of text communication
- The absence of face-to-face cues
- Temporal fluidity: Synchronicity and asynchronicity
- Disinhibition Effect
- Fluid and transcended space
- Social multiplicity
- Recordability: Archives and quoted text
- Media disruptions
- Special features of online communication
- You Don't Know Me (dissociative anonymity)
- You Can't See Me (invisibility)
- See You Later (asynchronicity)
- It's All in My Head (solipsistic introjection)
- It's Just a Game (dissociative imagination)
- We're Equals (minimizing authority)
- Personality Variables
- True Self?
- Self Constellations Across Media
- Altering Self Boundary
- Conducting Therapy Online
- How the afore-described aspects of online communication manifest in online groups
- The role and responsibility of a therapist facilitator of an online group
- Areas to be familiar with before facilitating a group online:
- Structure, Purpose, Product
- Integrating Online and Offline
- Rules of Conduct
- Membership and Identity
- The Dynamics of TextTalk
- The Media
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Telehealthv
- Outfits That Provide Platforms for "Tele-Mental Health"
- Use of Skype in Telehealth
- Telehealth Technologies
- Telehealth Guidelines
- Codes of Ethics
- Psychotherapists' Professional Associations on Telehealth
- Telemedicine Reimbursment Handbook by CA Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC)
- State Licensing Boards
- Federal Resources, Laws, and Regulations
- Medicare & Medicaid: Reimbursement of Telehealth
- Professional Telehealth Associations
- Online Telehealth Publications and Journal
- Much more
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