An increasing preference for online counselling sessions has resulted in counsellors needing to learn how to adapt their practice to the online world in an ethical and professional way. This workshop provides practical strategies to enhance engagement and connection, and reviews best practices for online video counselling. Ethical considerations specific to the online counselling experience will be reviewed. Participants will be inspired to creatively use the online medium as a tool to empower change.

*New workshop – available October 2021

Some of the topics included

  • Getting Ready for Online Counselling
  • Building Rapport in the Online Counselling Relationship
  • Attending to Emotions Virtually
  • Creating Safety Online
  • Keys to Listening Over Video
  • Creative Online Engagement Strategies
  • Common Issues and Problems – What to Avoid
  • Additions to Informed Consent
  • Privacy and Confidentiality Considerations

Target Audience

This is an intermediate-advanced level workshop intended for counsellors, therapists, social workers, psychologists, and other helpers who want to learn about the best practices related to online counselling.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the unique features of online counselling
  • Identify safety concerns to consider in online counselling
  • List steps for developing strong counselling relationships in an online environment
  • Demonstrate skills for strengthening online counseling work