OCTIA Annual Conference for Online Counsellors and Therapists

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Annual Online Conference For Online Counsellors And Therapists

Not long now until the 11th OCTIA conference!

OCTIA stands for Online Counselling and Therapy in Action, and it's the only UK event dedicated counsellors and therapists providing counselling and psychotherapy via remote media including email, messenger, phone webcam.

OCTIA 2019 is on Saturday 5 October 2019 at the Manchester Conference Centre.

Theme: Sharing the Caring - how health care and well being services are being delivered online

We’ve invited presenters with various specialisms to share their knowledge and expertise with our delegates, who are counsellors and therapists working online in the UK and worldwide.

Keeping up connections and contacts with colleagues can be an essential element of counsellor wellbeing.

Whether you’re a psychotherapist wanting to learn more about transferring your work to a text-based medium like email or messenger, a counsellor already working online looking for the opportunity to network with colleagues, or you just want to know more about what ecounselling entails and whether you can maximise the life experience you already have with Skype and Facetime, this is the event for you!

If you are unable to attend online or in-person on the day you can still purchase an online ticket so you have access to a recording of the conference to watch for up to 3 months following the conference.


18.09.19Have you experienced the sudden death of a client? Or perhaps you wonder how you would cope if your client died by suicide - or haven't considered how the death of a client might have an impact on you. Alison Moore has created a really helpful little video, Support for therapists after a sudden client death, also available as audio or download, to support therapists in this situation, and it's equally relevant whether you're an online counsellor or work in person.

12.09.19 Pronouns matter, because they are part of a person's identity. Chloe Foster explains why it's important for therapists to pay attention to pronouns whether they work online or in person, in Pronouns - what's the big fuss?.

10.09.19 Counsellors and therapists can often confuse 'getting paid to teach people to care for themselves' for 'getting paid to care'. That's just one aspect of the struggle when you work at doing something you love. In Does a meaningful job need to burn you out?, the writer explores the unspoken expectations when someone is working for reasons other than 'just money' - and explores how to protect yourself from the 'tyranny' of meaningful work.

05.09.19 Do you use apps in your online counselling practice, or offer them to your clients? There's often an assumption that innovations in IT and apps are all about youth, but Northern Ireland's Health & Social Care board have recently been working with ORCHA to create a library of apps for use by people who have been diagnosed with dementia, their family members and those who support them. In this video, two patients talk about the relevance of apps in their lives.

Would you like your blog to be featured on the OCTIA website? We're creating a new section for blogs and articles that may be of interest to delegates, online counsellors and anyone with an interest in counselling and therapy.

If you'd like your blog, vlog or piece of writing to be featured here, let us know!

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Bonus for therapists attending OCTIA in person

Sharing the caring - how do we care for ourselves?

Lucy Hyde will be presenting on the Friday evening to delegates attending this online counselling conference in person. Using stroke theory from Transactional Analysis, Lucy will be encouraging us to consider how we resource ourselves as online therapists for the demanding work that we do - and how our ingrained patterns can restrict us in taking care of ourselves.

You can read more about Lucy here.

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Here's what some of our previous conference attendees have said:

"Great networking - everyone so generous in sharing - brilliant!! Good to see the technology used."

"Excellent, informative, good for meeting people, useful and generally well worth the money."

"Very informative; it drew me one more step into online counselling."

"Very worthwhile, not only for presentations but also for the networking opportunities."

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