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Course Description

In the “COVID world” of today, this special half-day session, jointly offered by the Faculty of Social Work and Alberta Health Services, will introduce participants to critical aspects of ethics, practice and clinical skills when using video communications with clients at a distance. Participants will learn about computer and Internet security and other important aspects of technology use. Boundary setting and self-care will also be addressed.

Instructor:

Lawrence Murphy is the founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practise, which he established in 1994. Lawrence is regarded as a leading expert in the field. In collaboration with the National Board of Certified Counsellors, he authored the first ethical code for online counselling. Lawrence and his colleagues publish regularly in academic literature through Therapy Online’s Research Institute. Their seminal 1998 work, When Writing helps to Heal: Email as Therapy, has been cited more than 350 times in academic literature.

Course Details

By completion of this course, participants will:

  • Identify at least three important ethical considerations in delivering online services
  • Identify at least two aspects of a virtual safety plan for at-risk clients
  • Explain at least six ethical and practical considerations specific to video counselling
  • Identify the three key clinical implications of disinhibition in video counselling
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