TRAUMA and RESILIENCE | Emotional Resilience in a Digital World

A Conference | Sunday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 24 2014

An ACAP event at Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ, USA

Connected in a digital, virtual world has become a way of life.  ACAP’s 2014 conference explores topics about some of the advantages and dangers of our digital exposure. The conference will take a look at emotional, personality, educational, safety, and relational issues impacted by a wired, or wireless, existence. The uses and abuses, and some effective tools and resources for managing well in a digital world will be examined. This conference can benefit anyone interested in learning more about how to integrate new understanding of internet-related issues in their clinical practice, classroom, agency, or at home.

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Business leaders hope to end ‘stifling’ culture of silence on mental health

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Workwell campaign and the leaders of major UK businesses are collaborating to end the culture of silence around mental health in the workplace.

The group launched its inaugural report, Mental Health: We’re Ready to Talk, developed in association with mental health charity Mind, as part of Responsible Business Week. The report finds that the culture of silence around mental health is stifling UK business productivity and competitiveness, and outlines the benefits for businesses that proactively engage with mental health and wellbeing.

The overall cost of mental health to the UK economy is estimated at £70 billion per year. Two-fifths of organisations saw an increase in mental health problems last year, up from one-fifth in 2009.  Stress, anxiety or depression accounted for 15.2 million days of sickness absence in 2013 – a dramatic increase of 3.4 million days compared to 2010 (11.8 million). Fewer than half of those affected by mental ill health feel confident to disclose their condition, which can lead to issues become more severe.

See more at: http://www.bitc.org.uk/news-events/news/business-leaders-hope-end-stifling-culture-silence-mental-health#sthash.Gyuo6d3L.dpuf

Cyberpsychology and new media: a thematic reader.

Cyberpsychology and new media: a thematic reader

Andrew Power, Grainne Kirwan (eds), Psychology Press, 2014, 242pp, £24.99, ISBN 978-1848721661

In the April 2014 edition of Therapy Today is a review (pg. 46 “When your fingers do the talking”), about a collection of cyberpsychology research reports.  Reference is made to “psychotherapists would prefer to do therapy by webcam even though most of those surveyed had little experience of using one.”

This book is “primarily a resource to raise awareness about aspects of cyberpsychology that have implications for the development of online and technology-supported practice. Relevant topics include trust and deception, identity and self-presentation, the role of personality and attitudes to computerised therapy”. The reviewer, Phil Topham, would have liked to see more about therapy by internet, email, smartphone apps and virtual reality.  The editors note that academic publishing struggles to keep up with the pace of technological change in the digital world.

Should therapists be using webcams when they have little experience of using one, particularly for professional and psychotherapeutic work?  How do we keep up-to-date with the pace of change in the digital world when even the academic world struggles?

Therapy via teleconference? Professor studies remote psychotherapy

Obtaining therapy via teleconference is just as effective as face-to-face sessions, according to a new research by Stéphane Guay, a psychiatry professor at the Université de Montréal.

“Previous studies have shown that phobia therapy via teleconferencing was just as efficient as face to face contact,” says Dr. Guay, who is also director of the Trauma Studies Centre at the Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital’s Fernand-Seguin Research Centre. “We wanted to see if the process could also be used for post-traumatic stress treatment.”

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A few thoughts for Therapy Today.

Where is the standard setting to ensure counsellors and therapists who provide online video counselling (such as by Skype) are doing so ethically? The BACP provide ethical advice for online counselling but specific advice on the use of online video mediums is limited and is now several years old.  It is a positive step that the BACP is updating the Ethical Framework to include the use of new technologies however are more detailed guidelines on the use of digital counselling now necessary? Continue reading

Isn’t it time you tried Facetime Counselling?

What is Facetime E-counselling?
Counselling via your PC, tablet or mobile phone is a new way of working with a counsellor on any personal, emotional or psychological issue that might be causing you difficulty or getting in the way of your life. Continue reading