Establishing Online Clinical Practice Workshop

Program Overview

As people turn to the online world for their physical needs, increasingly, clients expect to be able to connect with their helping professional online.

The only question is whether the mental health professional is ready. This full day workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the ethics, theory, research and practice of online counselling. Participants will learn about computer and Internet security and other important aspects of the technology. The variety of online methods will be compared with consideration given to ethical issues specific to video counselling. Discussion will focus on establishing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance in text and the clinical techniques that improve the therapeutic effectiveness of text-based methods like email and text-chat with a specific focus on Presence Techniques. This workshop is based on research undertaken by Mr. Murphy and his colleagues, and on two decades of experience using these techniques.

You will learn -

  • Ethical issues unique to online service delivery,
  • How to develop policies and procedures for online services,
  • About important technological considerations in the use of web-based services,
  • The advantages that online therapy has over face to face therapy,
  • About the significant theoretical considerations in online work,
  • A variety of strategies and techniques for establishing and enhancing the therapeutic alliance in the online environment, and
  • How to market and operate an online practice.


Lawrence Murphy is the founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, which he established in 1994. In collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors, he authored the first ethical code for online counselling. Through Therapy Online’s Research Institute, Lawrence and his colleagues publish regularly in the academic literature, including their seminal 1998 work When Writing Helps to Heal: Email as Therapy, which has been cited more than 280 times. Therapy Online delivers 2 levels of training in cybercounselling and licenses software to individuals, agencies and institutions keen to deliver services online. Lawrence received his MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds an adjunct appointment in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto.

Workshop Details

Cost: $100 + HST for OAMHP and CAPT members ($150 + HST for non-members)

Date: April 23, 2020

Time: 9:30AM – 4:30PM

6 CECs

Location: Community Room, Goodwill Industries,
255 Horton Street, London, ON N6B 1L1

Coffee, refreshments & lunch included

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