As we entered January 2020, we could not have imagined what lay ahead for us all in a few short weeks' time, that would change the face our lives both personally and professionally. COVID-19 brought practices and services to a crashing halt, threatening to rupture critical therapeutic connections and denying access to support for many who were unexpectedly facing immense challenges and experiencing extreme distress.
Practitioners responded speedily and with immense courage, turning to information technology for solutions that were already familiar to some, but which, in the majority of situations, were not only unfamiliar but also unlikely and perhaps even unwelcome. Even the most cautious found themselves either being forced to grapple with the technology or being drawn to it by a wish to maintain their connections and to provide continuity for their clients as well as to maintain their professional role and income.
Fast-forward to early summer 2022. Regulations have eased, allowing a return to the counselling room. However many are choosing to continue offering online services, either alongside other provision or in some cases as a permanent replacement. Some services and practitioners now offer a variety of choice.
This workshop invites you to take stock of where you are in this mix, and to review what you have learned and experienced. Kate and John will propose some new ideas which they have brought together in an article they have written together (recently published in a peer-reviewed journal), originating out of their individual therapeutic traditions, which may help in understanding why some things work so surprisingly well, whilst others may unexpectedly seem to fail. These ideas will be illustrated through case descriptions and examples from practice and you will be invited to bring your own material to discuss and share with others in a secure and confidential setting.
This workshop will propose some new ways of thinking about online dynamics, connections and relationships that will help us plan our professional development plans for the future, as we embrace the new world in which we find ourselves.
About this course
- 2 lessons
- 1.5 hours of video content