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Monday, June 12th 2017

Developing Your Online Counselling Practice

Lawrence Murphy, MA
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Location: Multi-faith Centre/Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto)
Time: 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Fee: $250 + HST (before April 6, 2016); $265 + HST (after April 6, 2016)

Today, people use the internet for everything from chatting with friends, to taking courses, to shopping for shoes. And increasingly, clients expect to be able to connect with their helping professional online.

Virtually every major EAP in Canada now offers online services; many smaller agencies and private practitioners do as well. Universities across the country are also getting on board. Online skills will be valuable in furthering your career objectives and enhancing your marketability both now and in the future.

This full-day workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the ethics, theory, research, and practice of online counselling. You will learn about computer and internet security and other important aspects of technology. Lawrence Murphy will compare and contrast the variety of online methods with consideration given to ethical issues specific to this type of counselling.

Attention will also be given to establishing and strengthening the therapeutic alliance in text-based methods like email and text-chat. You will learn ways to improve the therapeutic effectiveness of these methods with a specific focus on the Presence Techniques. Based on research undertaken by Lawrence Murphy and his colleagues, and on two decades of experience, this workshop provides hands-on opportunities to develop your skills.

Learning Objectives:

You will learn —

• To identify and address ethical issues unique to online counselling
• How to develop policies and procedures for online services
• About the technological aspects you need to consider when using web-based services
• Strategies and techniques for establishing and enhancing the therapeutic alliance in the online environment
• About important advantages that online therapy has over face-to-face therapy
• About significant theoretical considerations in online work

About the Presenter:

Lawrence Murphy, MA, is the founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, the world’s first online clinical practice, established in 1994. In collaboration with the National Board for Certified Counselors in the U.S., he authored the first ethical code for online counselling, and, in 1998, wrote the seminal work, When Writing Helps to Heal: Email as Therapy. Mr. Murphy publishes regularly in the academic literature, and holds an adjunct appointment and teaches in the graduate faculty at the University of Toronto. Worldwide Therapy Online delivers two levels of training in cyber-counselling; to date they have trained more than nine hundred clinicians worldwide. For more information, please visit


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