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Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide [Paperback]

Kate Anthony
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25 April 2003 1403900604 978-1403900609
Over recent years information technology has become an increasingly important part of counselling and psychotherapy. This innovative and broad-ranging text, with contributions from internationally leading figures, provides an up-to-the-minute, precise and practical guide to the different ways in which technology can be used in therapeutic work, including e-mail and internet relay chat; telephone; video-link and stand-alone software packages. As well as discussing vital ethical, theoretical and practical considerations for practitioners, the authors look at the likely impact of these technologies on therapeutic relationships and the outcomes that can be expected. Technology's impact is explored from the perspectives of both therapists and clients, including individual therapy, groups, supervision and training, and supported by extensive case studies.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (25 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403900604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403900609
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,026,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book is essential reading for practitioners, supervisors and tutors from many different therapeutic backgrounds working independently or in organisationl settings, whether on-line or face-to-face. Therapists, by their very nature, are explorers and this book provides exciting new territory.' - Rose-Marie Court, CPJ

'As a counsellor whose workplace is setting up an online service I have found it a very useful text, and one that managed to avoid too much usage of technological jargon. It discusses many of the ethical, theoretical and practical issues that surround working in media where the counsellor is not physically in the same room as the client and gives some very good examples of actual practice. I found it to be a very readable book that raised issues around an area that is both exciting and controvesial.' - Terry Hanley, Healthcare, Counselling and Psychotherapy

'For all of us who have wondered how to integrate technology into our practice, or worry about whether we should integrate technology into our practice, I find this book offers advice, information and case studies around these themes in a helpful and insightful way; exploiting not only advantages and disadvantages, but also clinical and ethical issues relevant to the utilisation of technology in counselling.' - Counselling Australia

'Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy offers a solid contribution to the literature on how technology in three specific areas has been used in counselling and psychotherapy.' -

About the Author

STEPHEN GOSS is Research Development Manager with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Strathclyde and a qualified counsellor and supervisor. He is the lead author and editor of the recent BACP Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy and his other publications include Evidence Based Counselling and Psychotherapy with Nancy Rowland (2000).

KATE ANTHONY runs which provides consultancy services and training for counsellors using the internet. She is also a counsellor with Oxleas Health Trust and her previous publications include the BACP Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Stephen Goss et al.).

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The use of technology in counselling and psychotherapy is changing the face of the profession, with practitioners either being challenged and excited by the new opportunities it presents or feeling sceptical, overwhelmed or even frightened by an unwelcome intrusion into traditional methods of providing mental health services. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good topic, thin on content 29 April 2009
In the interest of adding e-counselling to my practice, I purchased this book with enthusiasm. I found it disappointing mainly in that the content of it that was directly applicable to myself as a practitioner was minimal. The range of subjects covered (from online clinical supervision to computer-based CBT) is so broad it isn't likely to all (or mostly) be of interest to the any one reader. I felt that additional content on case studies of online counselling and actual clinical material would have deepened the book significantly. The subtitle 'A Practitioner's Guide' is inaccurate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overview 31 May 2011
This provides a reasonable, if quickly dating (not the book's fault, simply the sheer pace of technological development) overview of various technological media through which therapy is being delivered. Useful starter pack, but an updated version would include references to social networking. I personally, was seeking a more in depth discussion as to the pros & cons of the differing media, and criteria for evaluating which clients would/would not benefit from accessing therapy via each medium. They are covered but not in sufficient detail for my liking. I don't know of a better overview.
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