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Launch of the IACP Working Therapeutically Online: Practice Guidelines and Competencies CPDFREE Online Launch
27-02-2024   11:00 - 12:00
1 CPD hours
Event open to IACP Members, Guests and Stakeholders.
Bookings will close on 26/02/2024.

We are delighted to launch the IACP Working Therapeutically Online: Practice Guidelines and Competencies.

This document has been developed to update and replace the IACP Recommended Approach for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Though the guidelines are primarily intended for practitioners, they are equally relevant to anyone, including service managers, interested in the provision of therapy online. Online provision of psychological therapies is increasingly used by practitioners of various theoretical orientations, and research in the field indicates that many clients both value and benefit from this mode of delivery. Although, there are still therapists who prefer traditional in-person therapy, there are many clients and therapists who, for various reasons, find therapy online useful to supplement traditional therapy in-person or preferable to therapy in-person. 

This document provides a comprehensive framework for therapists and supervisors engaging in online therapeutic work, covering various competencies, legal considerations, and practical guidance. It underscores the importance of adhering to ethical principles, ensuring client suitability for online therapy, establishing clear contracts, maintaining confidentiality, and navigating technological, legal, and jurisdictional issues.

The guidelines emphasise the need for continuous professional development, including specialised training in online therapy, understanding the nuances of working across borders, ensuring GDPR compliance, and preparing for emergency scenarios. It highlights the significance of proper risk assessment, especially concerning minors, couples, families, and groups, while emphasising informed consent and meticulous documentation.

Event Schedule:

11:00 – 11:15 - Opening and document launch by Séamus Sheedy, IACP Cathaoirleach and Lisa Molloy, IACP CEO 

11:15 – 11:25 - Guest Speaker - Fiona Coyle - Mental Health Reform CEO 

11:25 – 11:45 - About the development of the guidelines and competencies - Guest Speakers - Mike Hackett and Brian Holohan

11:45 – 12:00 Discussion and event close

Zoom link will be provided a day before the event. 

CPD Certificates will issue after the event.

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