Online Therapy: Overcoming the Challenges

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Developed by Haim Weinberg, Ph.D.

Course materials include videos, with audio versions and transcripts.

Audio Introduction to course by Haim Weinberg, Ph.D. (Transcript)

General Course Description

Moving from in office therapy to online presents both challenges and advantages.  Independent of technological, legal and ethical challenges, moving online requires awareness of what is needed to provide psychologically safe and effective treatment.

This introductory course, designed specifically for those new to online therapy or wanting to enhance their clinical skills, is based on a 1 hour video interview, which is also presented as audio and transcripts/texts. Dr. Weinberg, in his engaging interview, removes some of the mystique around making the transition from the office to the screen. He addresses in detail the four most common obstacles clinicians should be aware, providing strategies to overcome such obstacles. A sample TeleHealth Agreement is provided for reference.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to

  • Identify obstacles that need to be overcome when moving from an in person to a virtual therapeutic relationship.
  • Apply clinical skills to address the four most common challenges when moving to online therapy.


  • Andersson, G. (2018). Internet interventions: Past, present and future. Internet interventions, 12: 181-188.
  • Dunn, K. (2014). The therapeutic alliance online. In P. Weitz (ed.) Psychotherapy 2.0: Where Psychotherapy and Technology Meet. pp. 75-88. London: Karnac.
  • Weinberg, H. & Rolnick A. (eds.) (2019) Theory and Practice of Online Therapy: Internet-delivered Interventions for Individuals, Families, Groups, and Organizations. New York: Routledge.

Course Syllabus:

  • Introduction to purpose of course and terminology
    • Loss of Control of The Setting
    • Loss of Body-to-Body Interaction
    • Creating a Sense of Online Presence
    • Learning to Ignore What is In The Background
  • Strategies for Overcoming The Four Obstacles
    • Establishing Agreements
    • Shifting Responsibility to Patients
    • Utilizing Online Interactions and Disruptions to Establish Therapeutic Alliance
    • Moving From Using Multiple Senses to Just Two
  • Naming Sensations and Observations
    • Using Imagery
    • Appropriate Self-Disclosure
    • Using Distractions as Part of Therapy
    • Deciding What to Ignore and What to Pay Attention To.
  • Summary and Conclusion
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Cost: $19.00

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