420 The Future of Online Therapy
Saturday Morning Only
The Internet isn’t replacing old-fashioned, direct, face-to-face conversation in therapy, but online technologies are already extending and changing our practices. . . .
E-mails, podcasting, chat rooms, videoconferencing, and texting are being adapted for therapeutic use. Then there are more exotic possibilities: avatar therapy can free clients to express fantasies, transferences, and projections that they may feel too inhibited about in conventional therapy. Gaming can engage children and adolescents who have trouble expressing themselves in words. But all these new possibilities have potential risks for ethical violations, privacy breaches, confusion, hurt feelings, and even retraumatization of vulnerable clients. In this workshop, we’ll look at the more widely used forms of “Internet-assisted therapy,” along with some of the more sophisticated applications, and explore the possible benefits, risks, and ramifications that accompany the use of these new technologies.DeeAnna Nagel, L.P.C., D.C.C.,
the cofounder of the Online Therapy Institute, is past president of the International Society for Mental Health Online. She’s authored and coauthored articles, chapters, and books, including Online Therapy: A Practical Guide