CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
2018 marked the tenth anniversary of OCTIA. Gill Jones and Anne Stokes whose idea it was to organise a conference for online practitioners in 2009 are pictured here with Jane Evans, Steph Palin and Gill Webb the current directors.
Both Gill and Anne have retired from online counselling but both will be remembered for the pioneering work they did in the field. Streaming events is now commonplace but in 2009 not only was online counselling in its infancy but streaming the event live was a new venture too.
They were exciting times.
click here to see the recorded presentations for the 2018 Conference
2018 theme: A Decade of Technology and Practice - Reflections,
Conceptions and Projections
Online Counselling-10 years on and still changing - Jane Evans
Online Supervision-Where have we been and where are we going? - Anne Stokes
54 kbps and one phone for everything - Gill Jones
The Changing World of Gambling - Susanne Irving
Therapeutic Apps for mobile phones and tablets - Anna Palin-Swift
2017 theme: Being a Smart Counsellor in a Digital World
How to manage and market your practice in a digital world
The challenge of working with young people online
The Disinhibition Effect revisited 2017
What’s an unseen disability and possible ethical concerns
2016 theme: Relational Depth and Emotional Connection in
Working online within an organisation
Comparing the listening skills used in f2f counselling with those adopted within synchronous online exchanges
Online therapy for those affected by disability and illness
Single Session Emotional support, an emergent modality?
Building a therapeutic relationship of depth using text
Heart centred relational Mindfulness - online
2015 theme: Beginning, Developing and Strengthening how
We Work Online
Developing an online counselling service-steps and missteps
Marketing basics for your online practice
“Where do I start”?
From digital natives to the iGeneration
Online ethics - future challenges
2014 theme: Working Therapeutically and Safely Online
A client perspective of engaging with online counselling and the sense of safety/security
Working safely within an organisation
Personal First Aid Kits
Counselling futures: ethical opportunities or threats from working online
Inspiration, Creation and Perspiration: The Development of an online counselling service
Dilemmas, Decisions and Delights: Reflections on starting out.
The art and craft of weaving in online supervision
2013 theme: How Feelings are Expressed Online
Words were originally magic
Attending to the sad, the mad, the bad and the glad in shaping the future of online counselling and psychotherapy
Maintaining a responsible online presence (whether sad, bad, mad or glad)
A framework - creating safe(r) online spaces for client expression
Do you feel what I feel? - Sharing feelings in computer-mediated therapy
2012 theme: The power of Words and Imagery in Practice
Online Relationships - their place in our profession
What is behind the hidden addiction of problem gambling? The part metaphors and images play in making sense of the role of gambling
Developments in Avatar Therapy: Using virtual Reality, Imagery and Audio to actualise Hallucinatory Voices
Online textual therapy - is it ‘only words’?
The power of photographs and other images in therapy online
2011 theme: Efficacious e-therapy Getting clients through the cyber door
Developing your website
Marketing your website
Tools for working online
Working in a Global Setting
Setting up an online practice
Managing an online and face to face practice
2010 theme: Working with the Unspeakable
OCTIA moved to Manchester for its second conference and was held over two days.
Working with self harm and suicide online
Does counselling online work? Reviewing the research into outcomes and alliances
Regulation of counselling and psychotherapy
Looking for change using family mapping: a “Relate for Parents’ activity
Making research speak for you
Assessing the ‘unspeakable’ in online counselling
Finding a safe space (COAP)
Working with Sexual Problems and Addiction online
Is online supervision an ethical alternative to face to face
Social networking and the lessons it raises for counsellors working online
Students against depressions: an award winning therapeutic website and blogging
Therapy in virtual environments
2009 theme: Online Counselling and Therapy in Action
The first conference in 2009 was held in Leicester and included presentations and workshops.
Sharing the day with online delegates was exciting. As we sat listening to the presenters we were able to watch on a screen that was projected onto one of the walls the comments and thoughts that were being expressed by delegates who were sitting at their own computers somewhere else in the world. Those of us with laptops in the room could share in the online discussions too.
Ten years ago counsellors were very suspicious of this new platform and questioned whether it could ever be used therapeutically!
Working Online in new Zealand
Online Counselling at Relate
Interview with US Online Therapists
Online Work of the Samaritans