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We offer coach training.
We, and a lot of other organizations.
First, We help you determine the best course of action for your coach training. Depending on your goals and your previous experience, We can coach you through to the right coach track for you.
Second, when you opt to train with us, most of our training is offered online. You benefit from the convenience of online learning with ongoing interaction with your instructor. You read materials, watch videos, listen to audios and reflect on what you have learned and how it applies to your work as a coach. We give feedback along the way so that your learning becomes a tailored experience with coaching from us throughout the process.
DeeAnna Nagel is the primary Online Therapy Institute faculty assigned to instruct coaching students.
The best qualifier? I LOVE seeing people reach their potential! .
OTI is the world’s leading provider of training to assist coaches, therapists, healers and CAM practitioners in incorporating distance services and the use of technology into their practice.
ILCT is the world’s leading provider of coach training for helping professionals, offering numerous avenues to certification.
OTI and ILCT have partnered to guide you through to the best coach training possibilities in the industry today.
We coaches support development of the inner life because that leads to greater joy, sanity and functioning in the client’s world.
We support external actions, because all of life is a balance of the inner and outer worlds. We humans, not just coaches, act our way into good thoughts. And we think (feel, heal, meditate, pray, move) our way into good actions.
As the Buddhists say, “Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment I chopped wood and carried water.”
All of this came home to me again recently when I found myself caught up in an extended email exchange with a prospective client in my practice as a writing coach. She came to me with a daunting list of possible writing tasks: Pitch a TV producer! Start a blog! Write a series of how-to books! Send out press releases! Update her website! During our initial free strategy session by phone, we brainstormed and got her focused and inspired. As is my custom, I followed up with an email recapping her new goals and making recommendations for our future work together.
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This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
Click here to read the entire PDF version of The Client As Teacher: Experiences of a Writing Coach article.
Gay Edelman is a writing coach who works with individuals and groups to focus and hone their written materials. She has over 25 years’ experience editing and writing for mass market magazines and most recently was on the editorial staff of Family Circle. Find more info at coachgay.com.
During the last few months I have been mulling over issues around online supervision of and in organisations. What are the differences from supervising a f2f practitioner? It is a multi-faceted role in many ways. Supervisors can add value to an organisation as they are often in a unique position ‘on its edge’, and yet have insight into what is going well and less well systemically. They often have information about how a particular part of the organisation is functioning and the impact of changes on employees’ morale and stress levels. However, offering useful insight and feedback without breaking confidentiality is a delicate balance. This is so when a supervisor is employed in a f2f context, and I would maintain that working online brings other practical issues as well.
Often supervisors begin to work in or with organisations by happenstance. Maybe they know someone in the organisation, or may be a supervisee has moved in to counselling within a business. So what are the types of supervision which you may be providing?
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This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
Click here to read the entire PDF version of the Dilemmas in Online Workplace Supervision article.
Anne Stokes is based in Hampshire, UK, and is a well-known online therapist, supervisor and trainer and Director of Online Training Ltd. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Certified Cyber Facilitator
We now offer a Certified Cyber Facilitator (CCF) Credential (choosing 1 of the 5 concentration areas as your focus).
MSc in Cyberculture
Five concentration areas of our CCF credential forms the entry criteria to a second year of study toward a Master’s degree with Metanoia Institute to commence October 2015.
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In addition to our Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Certified Intuitive Practitioner (CIP) credentials, we are pleased to offer:
Certified Essential Oils Consultant
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Where are we facilitating workshops live?
DeeAnna is facilitating a number of live workshops from small group intensives to full Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) trainings. Be sure to check out her full training schedule here:
DeeAnna is also facilitating a workshop at the 2014 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in March. The topic of her presentation isTherapy’s Digital Future.
For more information on the symposium: http://www.
BACP Practitioner’s Conference
Friday 28 February 2014 - Holiday Inn, London – Bloomsbury
Saturday 8 March 2014 – Weetwood Hall, Hotel & Conference Centre – Leeds
BACP will be in London and Leeds for the first BACP Practitioner’s Conference. These innovative and ground-breaking conferences are hosted jointly by four of BACP’s specialist divisions and will be one of their biggest events to date with four guest lectures, 27 sessions and an exhibition to choose from.
Kate Anthony will be presenting “Online Coaching: What you need to know” at both venues and will be hosting a booth with Dr Stephen Goss in the exhibition hall for those interested in discussing training in online methods and/or academic projects with a view to gaining a doctorate in Professional Studies with Metanoia Institute.
The day’s programme is divided into nine streams: four of which will reflect the interests of members of the specialist divisions and four that will be more generic, focusing on the “Mind and Body”, the role and influence of ”Technology” in counselling today, new perspectives on working with ”Trauma”, and lastly, exploring issues around “Inclusivity”, and one wholly dedicated to the “Counselling MindEd Project”.
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Many of you know I travel across the U.S. conducting Distancce Credential Counselor training for University of Phoenix/ReadyMinds. This training is the required 15-hours to qualify for the certification as a DCC. As a national credential offered by CCE, the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) represents to employers and the public that credential holders have met the established requirements and adhere to the NBCC Code of Ethics and the Ethical Requirements for The Practice of Internet Counseling.
I am currently in the midst of updating the curriculum for in-person trainings and the online version so that information delivered to trainees is up-to-date and relevant. And I am thrilled that I will be offering the in-person training close to home! Like, uh, real close to home!
I have an office in Atlantic Highlands, NJ that is suitable for small groups so Online Therapy Institute decided to host a DCC training event on February 20th and 21st. We have a few people signed up already with room for just a few more so do join us if you are in the neighborhood! Here is a link to register: http://www.readyminds.com/training/dcc/locations.asp#Online Therapy Institute, Inc.
And if you want to know where else I am training just check in regularly as I always keep my training schedule current: http://www.mentalhealthonthewebblog.com/workshops-training/workshop-tour/
Oh, and I did blog a while back about the difference between our credential at Online Therapy Institute- Certified Cyber Facilitator (CCF) and the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certfications: http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/2013/10/18/choosing-credential-certified-cyber-facilitator-distance-credentialed-counselor/
Hope to see you in a training soon!
Kate continues with her regular column for the quarterly Journal of the BACP Workplace Division (http://www.bacpworkplace.org.
This issue focuses on Social Networking
Negotiating the boundaries between our professional and personal lives is increasingly a part of our work as therapists. If you use social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn you are probably aware of the sometimes inappropriate statuses or updates people post. Even if you are not a user of them, you will likely have seen the media reports about an staff’s Facebooks posts made while off sick coming back to haunt them, or ill-advised crude tweets resulting in an employee instantly losing their job despite having deleted it within 14 seconds of posting (see http://tinyurl.com/ccj2hwd).
As counsellors in a workplace setting, there is almost a triple whammy of considerations to think about – our own professional reputation amongst colleagues; that reputation as it is presented to clients (both the individual and the organisation the client works with); and being able to not only model appropriate online behaviour but also to pick up the pieces with clients who have fallen foul of a social media mistakes.
Social media sites have revolutionised the way we communicate in the modern world, but we need to be mindful that activity on these sites can blur the boundaries between the professional and the personal, and take great care to consider the potential impact on our professional lives. It is not necessary to spurn them completely (although many counsellors I work with do), but a simple awareness of not just appropriate behaviour but also ethical behaviour in light of, for example, dual relationships being created is essential. By adopting a framework for social media use (Kolmes, Nagel and Anthony, 2011) within our work, we can avoid the many pitfalls of living a professional life online.
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are classic examples of social media sites, and each have their own benefits within the workplace. A company Twitter account is a useful way of disseminating news and publicity about services, alongside more personal tweets that instil hope and positivity in our clients, such as uplifting quotes or tips for managing a busy day. A business Facebook page reaches an audience who prefer the more personal touch, with a visual element that is both appealing and friendly. LinkedIn is a more professional space where we can upload articles of interest, hold workplace discussions, and find colleagues of a like mind all over the world.
However, using each brings its own responsibility in management and moderation. The disgruntled client who knows your Twitter name can easily tweet abusive or inflammatory remarks, and although blocking followers or reporting tweets is possible, the damage is usually done by the time we get to it. With over one billion users of Facebook as of March this year (Statistic Brain, 2013), the platform and the eternal “like” button is very much an established part of our lives. Every 20 minutes there are 2 million friendships being requested on Facebook – your clients are going to be among them, and rejection of a friendship can be damaging to a therapeutic relationship. LinkedIn works on the principle of six degrees of separation – we are only ever five people away from being linked to a sixth. With the advent of social networking, that figure is now 4.7 – that’s under 5 clicks to your LinkedIn connection being identifiable as a client, and confidentiality is instantly compromised.
Whether head of an organisational service or an individual freelance workplace counsellor, your social media policy is one of the best tools to hand as social media becomes an ever more essential part of our work and social lives, and should be offered as standard as part of Terms & Conditions and contract formation. One of the best I have come across is from the colleague who helped us write our Ethical Framework for the use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals, Keeley Kolmes, and her updates and revisions in light of her experiences are offered within her policy as a learning tool for us all (referenced below). For example, despite a clear policy on not accepting “fans” of her Facebook page for reasons of client identity being kept confidential, she eventually deleted it “after concluding that the potential risks of maintaining such a page outweigh any potential gains”.
Social media and similar online facilities aren’t going to go away, anymore than technology in general is. Remember, forewarned is forearmed – so I recommend you develop your office and personal policies for social media and document your efforts in light of potential client complaint.
Kolmes, K., Nagel, D. & Anthony, K. (2011). An Ethical Framework for the use of Social Media by Mental Health Professionals. Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology. Volume 1, Issue 3. Available online at http://issuu.com/
Kolmes, K. (2010). My Private Practice Social Media Policy. Available online at http://www.drkkolmes.com/docs/
StatisticBrain.com (2013). Facebook Statistics. Available online at http://www.statisticbrain.com/
Good practice procedures in Complementary & Alternative Medicine include obtaining a signed Informed Consent form from a client along with pertinent client information, insurance information if appropriate and setting up a client file. The client file will contain all documents pertaining to the client and allow the practitioner to provide excellent Case Management.
When new clients are added to a practice it is good practice to have the client fill out forms about their personal medical history and to document the reasons and conditions for which they are seeking treatment. It is also good practice to have the client sign an Informed Consent Form to document that they know what practice and services the practitioner will be providing. Many practitioners use documentation forms specific to their modality as they interview and “assess” the client for the first time. After the treatment is concluded, practitioners speak with the client to get feedback and document what the client experienced and how they are now feeling. If appropriate and within your scope of practice t is helpful to use some measurement tool like a pain or feelings scale before and after the session to capture their experience. In addition, recommendations may be made for the client to practice at home and/or to seek other medical/professional help which should be documented as well. Each of these documentations assists the practitioner in managing their individual client’s progress and experience. They also serve to protect the practitioner should there be a need to explain or review what occurred while working with a client.
Many alternative & complementary modalities, (Reiki, energy medicine, aromatherapy, coaching as examples) have brochures that can be given to the client which outline what the client can expect when receiving a treatment. Some practitioners prefer to create a brochure and tailor it to their individual practice as they may use more than one modality in an individual treatment. These brochures are excellent marketing tools in addition to explaining what to expect to the new client. They can also be given to existing clients who wish to explain the treatment they received to others or to introduce it to a family member or friend they think would find benefit from the treatment. Word of mouth is one of the most common ways that practitioners obtain new clients.
Sadly and thankfully rarely, something goes amiss. Even though our best efforts and intentions are put forth every day, misperceptions are real and a client could perceive the practitioner has caused them “damage” in some way or accidents happen, like a slip and fall. Having good clear documentation is key to safe practice and will be important if a client comes forth with a complaint or experiences an injury while in a practitioner’s care.
One of the fundamental pieces for practitioners to protect their practice and their clients is obtaining Professional Liability Insurance. Although a practitioner may be covered by Liability Insurance through an employer usually this coverage does not include coverage for a private practice outside of the employment hours. This insurance protection provides a “safety-net” should a complaint be brought against a practitioner or a client is injured and a suit is filed.
Professional Liability Insurance coverage is now expected of practitioners when they are practicing in clinics (even as a volunteer); when sharing an office space with other professionals or working within a healthcare setting. It is understandable why this is so. Also, if practicing in a home setting most homeowners’ insurance does not cover a practice provided in the home.
Professional Liability Insurance provides protection from the unexpected and unforeseen occurrence. It provides peace of mind to everyone, practitioners and clients. Fortunately, because Energy Medicine practice has rare to no side effects, legal suits are practically non-existent and therefore Liability Insurance coverage is very affordable.
When practitioners let their clients know they carry Professional Liability Insurance it raises their practice professionalism. Although neither the practitioner nor the client anticipate that it would ever be used, it indicates that the practitioner has taken their business seriously and protected everyone involved. If you are in the U.S., apply for protection today – for more information and/or to subscribe visit http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/usa-coach-liability-insurance/ar
No worries. We are still offering courses on online therapy and and coaching and clinical supervision. In fact, our newest book is due out in 2014 and focuses on the topic of online clinical supervision. Our Certified Cyber Facilitator credential is growing in popularity!
We continue to offer a coaching credential that qualifies you toward the Board Certified Coach and we offer an E-Therapy Series that meets the course qualifications toward the Florida Certified E-Therapist. And we offer the coursework that qualifies you toward the Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Many of you may have seen other themes emerging- we are finalizing agreements leading to our offering of a graduate degree- MSc in Cyberculture. This degree will focus on the impact of cyberculture on the delivery of mental health services, clinical supervision, coaching and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
We are also continuing our CAM pursuits with our latest credentials – Certified Intuitive Practitioner, Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Essential Oils Consultant.
We want to offer healing practitioners and helping professionals the best online training possible with one-on-one feedback throughout the training process. And of course we offer a Forum for students that can be utlized far beyond the completion of coursework. If you are interested in our offerings just check out the menu tabs above! Our course catalog is here: http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/wpccategories/certifications-credentials/
Whether it is practice building, business building or case consultation, we offer our students easy access to feedback and communication. As always we will keep you in the know. We wish you the merriest of holidays and a Happy 2014!
Kate & DeeAnna
DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS! It’s hard to miss the warnings not to respond to those who post inflammatory comments in an attempt to wreak havoc in online forums, YouTube comments and, unbelievably, memorial sites. In the most extreme cases, some trolls have been identified and faced criminal charges for their reprehensible and threatening remarks. However, there are times when someone is simply expressing a strong, dissenting opinion, only to face inappropriate accusations of trolling.
Most of us who create online content struggle with how to encourage discussion while shutting down those who are posting comments that are abusive or offensive. This is where an ounce of prevention is important. Comment sections are subject to the broken windows theory of vandalism in neighborhoods. Social scientists studying vandalism found that neighborhoods that were well-maintained and cleaned up graffiti and vandalism promptly were more likely to prevent more serious crime and further destruction of property. Similarly, a solid policy on how you plan to moderate comments is likely to encourage serious and thoughtful comments because you are creating a community that makes it safe to participate in the discussion.
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This article first appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of TILT Magazine ~ Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology.
Click here to read the entire PDF version of the Stopping Trolls Before They Start article.
Christine Korol, PhD, is a cartoonist psychologist in private practice in Calgary, Canada, and the host/producer of a podcast on WiredToWorry.com that provides free online anxiety and stress reduction education videos.
We receive training inquiries from therapists (graduate level) who want to pursue additional training in online coaching. We offer our Certified Cyber Facilitator credential and one area of concentration is Online Coaching. Other areas of concentration are Online Therapy and Online Supervision.
For the Online Therapy specialism one must already have obtained counselor/therapist education sufficient to practice.
For the Online Supervision specialism one must already have taken coursework or certification as a clinical supervisor.
For the Online Coach specialism one must already have a coach certification.
“But wait. I already have a master’s degree in counseling! I still need a coach certification to receive the CCF with a specialism in Online Coaching?”
The answer is yes- because coaching includes fundamental competencies that are a bit different than counseling as well as ethical and legal considerations for therapist-coaches.
If you already have a coach certification you are golden.
If you don’t you can take our coursework leading toward the Certified Professional Coach (CPC) which also qualifies you toward the Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).
We are not an International Coach Federation (ICF) approved school but we work closely with The Institute for Life Coach Training and some of our courses are offered as electives at ILCT so they are your go-to for an ICF approved coaching school.
“But I don’t want to have to take more courses so that I can take your program! Are there any other options?”
And again, the answer is yes. We also work closely with the International Association of Coaching(IAC) and we are an IAC Coaching Masteries™ Authorized Licensee . That means we include the Masteries in our coursework and we have translated the Masteries into a document for online coaching which is part of the coursework in our program.
But here’s the thing. You can become certified as an IAC Masteries Practitioner without taking courses. The requirements are passing a multiple choice test based on the Masteries and then creating a Learning Agreement with the IAC which takes about a year to complete.
We will admit counselors/therapists into our online coaching specialism provided you are working toward the IAC Masteries Practitioner credential simultaneous to your coursework with us.
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