The use of online therapy (also known as telepsychology or video-conferencing) has expanded in recent years as individuals seek out accessible ways to engage in therapy. However, since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic, mental health practitioners have taken up online therapy at unprecedented rapid speed. All of a sudden the need and expectation has been that we are 'Online Therapy' experts. Working online makes it possible to maintain the sense of contact and stability for our clients, but also raise many challenges, both technical and clinical.
At the core of schema therapy is the therapeutic relationship, focusing on limited reparenting as well as emotional experiential techniques. However, these components are often the most challenging for therapists when working outside of the traditional face to face setting.
In this short-course, we will help you adapt your schema therapy work to the online environment, showing how it is possible to create a sense of real closeness and warmth to bypass the absence of physical presence. We will share ideas and techniques for creating a strong therapeutic alliance, addressing mode and schema activation specific to the online world. We will also demonstrate how to safely and creatively adjust emotion-focused work, including safety precautions with imagery rescripting and a demonstration of chair-work online.
This short-course constitutes 5-Hours Active Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A PDF Certificate will be provided on completion.
Access to the course presentations, and downloadable materials (Readings, Slides) will be available for 12-weeks so can be completed at your own pace.