OCTIA Annual Conference for Online Counsellors and Therapists

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2019 OCTIA Conference

Attending the OCTIA conference is a great opportunity to network with your peers in the world of online counselling and psychotherapy. Whether you're new to online media, or have been working in this way with clients for years, you will find a benefit in this supportive and inspiring event. As therapists we can be quite isolated in our work, perhaps especially when we are in private practice. The conference is a great opportunity for us to get together and learn from each other, to build confidence, to find out how others do things, to help us with the challenges and celebrate together the triumphs.

Attending the conference in person will help you build new relationships face to face with colleagues and to participate in the room with presenters. We'll be able to spend some down time together over breaks and lunch, sharing our passions and challenges and talking about why we do what we do. Come and join us and make some new friends and contacts!
If you are unable to attend 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.

The 2019 conference theme is focused towards those online counsellors, therapists and health care professionals who are engaging with their clients and service users using the full range of online platforms and media. There'll be the opportunity to share how we care for our clients, but how we care for ourselves and each other as fellow professionals. We are stronger together!

Presenters will share their experiences of establishing and delivering services for a broad range of clients and service users, from young people to adults. See what's on offer below!

About The Conference. Anna

"Relationship counselling in the online world" with Anna Palin-Swift

Does online therapy have a place within the world of relationship counselling? Is it possible to work with a couple when it comes to online therapy? What are the benefits of this type of work and what might the potential pit falls be? This presentation will give a sense of couple counselling in different mediums such as web cam, email and instant messaging. There'll be practical examples of what this work might look like, exploring the client experience, contracting and boundary setting.

Anna's background is in relationship counselling and she started her online journey through Relate. She has 5 years' experience of offering both email counselling and instant messaging for relationship support. You can read more about Anna here.

About The Conference. Carol and Kate

"From Aristotle to Alexa: a philosophy of therapy in a digital age" presented by Kate Dunn & Carole Francis-Smith

Philosophy was the fore-runner to psychology and thereby pre-cursor to all therapeutic orientations.
We may choose to welcome and embrace new opportunities for human connection that open up to us through technology. Or we may feel less confident, sensing that we have been swept along on the tide without having sufficient time to consider the wider impact this is having on therapeutic interaction and relationship. Is ‘online therapy’ something separate and different or is it all ‘just therapy’?

Philosophically, how do we continue to attend closely to the psyche in the midst of a major sociological shift driven by the technological revolution? Kate and Carole invite you to join them in a conversation about these ‘big issues’ and hope to spur your inner philosopher into action.
Click here for more information about the presenters, Kate Dunn and Carole Francis-Smith

About The Conference. hannah

Hannah Wilson - Representing XenZone, including Kooth's young people's online counselling service

Hannah Wilson is a qualified clinical psychologist, who recently joined XenZone as the Clinical Psychology Lead. She has worked in a number of secondary care mental health teams, and has a particular interest in areas such as complex trauma, dissociation, eating difficulties and self-care. Hannah has also completed the postgraduate diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy. In addition to working for XenZone, she also works as a clinical psychologist for the Ministry of Defence, and in private practice.

XenZone are a pioneering digital counselling service, which provides support to young people and adults across the UK. This presentation will describe some of the current pathways and processes used within XenZone. This will include exploring some of the benefits and challenges to providing an anonymous, online counselling service, as well as some the opportunities for future development. It will also include some reflections as a relatively new member of staff in the organisation.

About The Conference. Linda Witchell

Linda Witchell- " Providing Hypnotherapy Online"

Linda's background is in nursing in the UK and Australia. Today she is an experienced hypnotherapist, counsellor, coach, trainer and supervisor, specialising in helping adults with stress and anxiety issues and bereavement and loss. She is a Fellow of the National Hypnotherapy Society, a member of the National Counselling Society and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNCH). Linda is currently undertaking online therapy training and doing research in delivering hypnosis for test anxiety via webcam as part of an MSc in Hypnosis in research, Medicine and Clinical Practice.

OCTIA 2019 Programme

Sharing the Caring

How health care and well being services are being delivered online
9-30am- 10:00am

10-15am 10:15am
Welcome and introduction to the day. OCTIA Chair’ address
- Jane Evans

On behalf of Kooth’s Young person’s online counselling
service- Hannah Wilson

Relationship counselling in the online world
presented by Anna Palin-Swift


“From Aristotle to Alexa: a philosophy of therapy in a digital age”
Presented by Kate Dunn &Carole Francis--Smith


Providing Hypnotherapy online
Presented by Linda Witchell

14-35pm- 15-20pm-
How GriefChat is transforming access to bereavement care
Presented by Catherine Betley

15-30pm- 16-15pm
Plenary where all presenters and the OCTIA committee are available for
questions from online and in-house delegates

16-15pm- Conference close

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