The Future of Online Therapy
This past Saturday I gave a presentation on the topic of the future of online therapy at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium. I thought I would pass along the resources that I offered during the workshop, hoping that you will find these resources and references helpful!
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.
I discussed the resources available at the Online Therapy Institute pointing people in the direction of our main website, blog and social network.
https://www.onlinetherapyinstitute.com/ethical-framework/ Ethical Frameworks
https://www.onlinetherapyinstitute.com/products-and-services/ Products and Services
http://www.onlinetherapyinstituteblog.com OTI Blog
http://www.onlinetherapysocialnetwork.com OTI Social Network (free to join!)
http://www.jerseyshoretherapy.com example of a private practice website
http://twitter.com as an example of a microblog
http://www.timechoicing.com/ example of use of video or vlog on a website
http://psychcentral.com/ example of a self-help website
http://www.mytherapyjournal.com/ example of a self-help journal writing website
http://www.beatingtheblues.co.uk/ Beating the Blues CCBT self help website
http://www.sleepcoach.net example of insomnia CCBT self help website
http://www.hushmail.com/ example of encrypted email service
http://www.parachat.com/ example of encrypted chat room
http://www.lifeoptions.com/ example of branded platform for coaching and behavioral healthcare utilizing multimedia in an asynchronous platform
https://www.breakthrough.com/ example of a platform for therapists in the U.S. that can be branded, offering asynchronous web mail and videoconferencing options.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/jokaydia%20II/147/45/24 OTI offices in Second Life
http://www.life2movie.com/ Life 2.0 Movie about Second Life
http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/index.php/blog/brainhealth-research-studying-autism-and-aspergers Center for Brain Health working with Asperger’s and Autism in virtual worlds
http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2010/10/treatment-center-gets-865000-for-second-opensim-project/ $865,000 SAMSHA grant for Dick Dillon’s work at Preferred Family Healthcare- working with adolescents and addiction in a virtual world setting
http://www.socialimpactgames.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=271 Personal Investigator – a therapeutic online game for adolecents
http://www.virtuallybetter.com/af/index.html Telemental Health VR Project at VirtuallyBetter.com
http://www.inworldsolutions.com/ HIPAA compliant behavioral healthcare platform
http://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docs/premier/17 Alice in VirtualLand- a story about a client who sees an in-person counselor about her struggles in Second Life.
http://www.onlinetherapymagazine.com/ TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology
http://augmentedrealitytherapy.com Virtual Therapy Options
I hope these resources prove to be helpful!