OCTIA Annual Conference for Online Counsellors and Therapists

Annual Online Conference For Online Counsellors And Therapists

It is with sadness that we, Jane, Steph and Gill, give you notice that we have decided not to proceed with any further OCTIA conferences and to inform you that as from the end of March 2020 Online Counselling and Therapy in Action (OCTIA) will cease to operate as a company.

For eleven wonderful years OCTIA has shone a light on issues pertaining to the mysterious world of online counselling but it would not have been possible without the kindness and dedication of practising online counselling enthusiasts.

As the directors of OCTIA we are indebted to many contributors (not least Gill Jones and Anne Stokes whose idea it was in the first place) so a big thank you to you all for supporting OCTIA whether that be as a presenter, a streamer, a committee member or a delegate, in the room or online. We have enjoyed sharing the conferences with you and hold fond memories of you all.

The three of us have been part of OCTIA since its inception so we know from first hand experience just how much the conference has been appreciated and valued as a service.

l guess we will all miss this innovative opportunity to meet with like minded people but we do wish you all much success in furthering the work of online counselling. To those who no longer practice we hope you will enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Jane Evans; Stephanie Palin; Gill Webb

2019 Theme: Sharing the Caring - how health care and well being services are being delivered online

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.


Certificate of Attendance.
If you attended OCTIA 2019 either in person or online and have not yet received a Certificate of Attendance please let Gill Webb know.
The link to this year's presentations is now live so we hope you can find time to log in and listen to what the presenters had to say. Feedback from those who attended the day in Manchester was very positive.

26.09.19Do you remember what you thought a counsellor 'looked like' before you became one? Lucy Hyde talks in Counselling for counsellors - the therapist as human being about how she imagined she had to be 'all fixed' before becoming a therapist.

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!

Bonus for therapists attending OCTIA in person

Sharing the caring – online counsellor selfcare

Lucy Hyde is passionate about self-care and wellbeing. In her presentation she’ll be talking about Transactional Analysis’s stroke theory and how this is relevant when working with clients both in person and online, and also encouraging delegates to explore how they can apply stroke theory when thinking about their own wellbeing and self-care. 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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