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Some people don’t believe me when I describe the early years of my career. I had an office in the student’s association. In it, there was a desk, a chair for me, and an extra chair for a visitor, and a few bookcases. No computer – the association’s office manager had the only computer on the floor. We handed her our letters, handwritten on a paper, and she typed them and printed them for us. No email yet, no Internet, no browsing, no Googling. I had an “inbox tray” on my desk, and on top of it, stacked an “outbox” tray, both of them filled with scribbled memo paper. We did rent a cell phone for our major annual event, though. It was great because the battery could hold for an entire hour and the phone was only the size of a construction brick.
Today, more than 20 years later, I work on the go from different parts of the world, talking, texting, typing, printing, designing, and blogging, all from a small device that has no buttons on it and fits neatly in my pocket. I can be in Tel Aviv and coach a client in Boston via video call, and right after edit a document together with my colleagues in Los Angeles.
The world has definitely shrunk, and when it comes to coaching, and coach-training, the online world opens up new possibilities that push the boundaries of the coaching profession towards new frontiers. I received my coach training at the Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) and now also teach at the ILCT – online, without being in the same room with fellow students and teacher. In my training process I was connected with people from all over the country, and all over the world, who all share the same passion and values of human development, growth, and thriving. In addition to providing me with the tools I needed, my coach training connected me with a pastor from Kansas, a young professional from Egypt, and an accomplished media entrepreneur from LA. It gave me the opportunity to see the essential processes of transformation through the eyes of my colleagues, and to develop a broader view of the universal human desire for self-actualization and happiness.
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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 Can you go online on the ride of your life article.
Ran’s book, Ride OF Your Life – a Coast to Coast Guide to Inner Peace describes his 2010, 5 week, 6,000 miles solo motorcycle ride and includes exclusives interviews with Deepak Chopra, Phil Zimbardo, Sonja Lybomirsky, and many other authors and scientists. Ride of Your Life: http://www.RideOfYourLife.com
Exchange theory is both spot-on and unfeeling. Its basic tenets are clear in the name: our behaviors are guided by a kind of exchange. We gauge the costs and rewards of something and act accordingly. Are the benefits greater than the costs? Great, then I’ll do it. Hard to argue with this theory. Another aspect of it has to do with alternatives. That is to say; do you have any? If you are living in a small, closed society, surrounded by people who know the intimates of your life, it’s unlikely that when discouraged by the course of your relationship that you’ll consider straying. First, the costs probably outweigh the rewards (you are likely to be caught) and there is a dearth of alternatives in your closed off world. Where are you going to go when everyone knows your name?
However, imagine the opposite of that small community. Imagine the communities of today with the anonymity that exists in modern life. Now, add to that the internet and the ability to reach out to zillions and, well, the likelihood of straying just increased since 1) the costs are limited since your secret is easy to keep in an open society and 2) the alternatives are falling at your feet.
Exchange theory can guide your reading of Webdultery, the 2010 film by Charles Wahl. Like so many other films this one tells the tale of the modern couple who have grown bored with one another. Together since they were young, their sex life has dwindled and their commonalities are focused almost exclusively raising their son. Each finds a “chat room buddy.” There’s no guilt initially since, after all, they are “only talking.”
… read the complete story ~ http://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docs/tiltissue15/32
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 Webdultery: The Costs and Rewards of Internet “Cheating” article.
Jean-Anne Sutherland is assistant professor of sociology at University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA, with one of her research focuses being the study of sociology through film.
Many therapists and coaches I speak to give a variety of reasons as to why they are not blogging, such as
• I don’t have a blog
• I don’t have time
• I don’t know what to write about
• I’m worried my peers will judge me
to name a few…
I’d like to address these objections one by one.
1. I don’t have a blog
Well really, this is no excuse anymore because the installation of a blogging platform such as WordPress is so easy and cheap. If you’re not sure how to get started, either outsource the installation of the blog to a savvy teenager, or someone on oDesk.com or elance.com
… read the complete story ~ http://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docs/tiltissue15/52
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 Are you Blogging for Your Business Yet article.
Clinton Power is a Sydney-based Gestalt therapist and the owner of Clinton Power + Associates- a private practice dedicated to helping singles and couples move out of relationship pain. He is also the founder of Australia Counselling Directory, a free directory for finding counsellors and psychologists in Australia. Clinton is also a passionate coach and consultant for healthcare professionals. Find him on Twitter or Google+.
As professional coaches, we rely on knowledge, intuition, techniques and tools to serve our clients and help them achieve their goals. But that’s not all we require. We require data to accurately understand how they think, what they believe and how they behave in a variety of circumstances. This data is crucial for really understanding what it is that interferes with their ability to reach their goals and live their ideal lives.
Based on the premise that results are really a function of a person’s thinking and beliefs over time, coaches need to find a way to consistently access and tap into this stream of thinking in order for a transformational effect to take place rather than a short-term change for a short-term result. The more that clients can partner with you to identify the beliefs that sabotage their success, the more powerful the coaching and the more awesome the coaching results can be.
… read the complete story ~ http://issuu.com/onlinetherapyinstitute/docs/tiltissue15/37
Click here to read the entire PDF version of the What’s Your Coaching Strategy article.
Kim Ades is president and founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and JournalEngine™ Software. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mother of 5, Kim is one of North America’s foremost experts on performance through thought management. By using her unique process of coaching through journaling, she works with high profile clients to unveil and switch their thought patterns to ignite significant organizational change and personal transformation. For an inside look at the journaling process she uses to coach her clients, please visit www.journalengine.com.
The 2013 Fall Issue of TILT Magazine~Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology is out!
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This issue’s headlines:
The Client as Teacher: Experiences of a Writing Coach
Overcoming Concerns and Fears About Technology
Technology and Intrusive Thoughts
News from the Training Room!
Certified Cyber Facilitator
We now offer a Certified Cyber Facilitator (CCF) Credential (choosing 1 of the 10 concentration areas as your focus).
MSc in Cyberculture
Five concentration areas of our CCF credential forms qualify for entry criteria to a second year of study toward a Master’s degree with Metanoia Institute, subject to validation by Middlesex University to commence October 2014.
Be sure to sign up for details about the MSc in Cyberculture. We send out emails as details emerge:
More Training news!
Our Certified Professional Coach Training is increasingly popular so if you are looking to become a credentialed coach, we offer an online program and live workshops that qualify toward the Board Certified Coach Credential as well. Here’s where to find out more: http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/certified-professional-coach/
We are pleased to announce another credential as well-
Certified Intuitive Practitioner (CIP)
This credential is already gaining in popularity!
Be sure to check out the details here:
Where are we facilitating workshops live?
Check out our Upcoming Events! http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/events/
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:
In other Institute news:
Kate presented on The Virtual Self at the Scientific and Medical Network conference “Shifting Consciousness: Mind, Self and Brain in the 21st Century” in August (London, UK), and continued this theme at the Association for Humanistic Psychology conference in September with the title “The Virtual Humanist: Conveying Core Competencies” (London, UK).
Also in September, Kate travelled to Kosovo with TILT’s Associate Editor for Research, Dr Stephen Goss, to present and chair the first International Conference On Online Counselling in Kosovo before journeying into the Kosovo mountains for a three-day intensive training with our OTI students and the rest of the Foundation Together Kosovo team. Kate will tell you more about this in our Student Spotlight section in the next issue! Speaking of our Student Spotlight section – and other TILT contributors – she took the oppotunity to meet up with Andrew Jackson of ProReal (Issue 14) and also Ran Zilca (Issue 15) who were in town!
She was also pleased to spend a day with the Alzeimers Society’s Talking Point team, who run a forum for those with and related to issues associated with dementia.
DeeAnna has been busy conducting Distance Credentialed Counselor 2-day workshops and has been to Chicago, Washington DC, Orlando and Atlanta! She has also conducted 1-day Online Counseling Ethics workshops through Summit Professional Education.
DeeAnna also participated in the Psychotherapy Networker’s Expand Your Practice online series and is participating in the upcoming Psychotherapy Networker online event Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur.
Kate and DeeAnna have adapted the International Association for Coaching’s (IAC) Masteries to reflect the use of the masteries in online work. Adapting the Masteries to Best Practices Established in the Delivery of Coaching Services Online: Mastery 1 was recently published in the IAC Voice. As an IAC Masteries Authorized Licensee, we will be incorporating the adaption of the Masteries to online work into courses at OTI. They have both recently received their IAC Masteries Practitioner credential as well!
Kate, DeeAnna and Stephen Goss have two chapters coming out in the book Psychotherapy 2.0 (scheduled January 2014, Karnac Books), on both the Ethics of Online Therapy and the Virtual Self and Avatars. Kate and Stephen both presented at the UKCP Special Interest Group event in October, taking the opportunity to meet another TILT author face to face – Aaron Balick (Issue 13).
We now offer liability insurance for coaches and complimentary/alternative medicine practitioners in the US!
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Do you have a great idea for a mental health or therapy App? Do you want to create a great looking, user friendly App that consistently works across all major platforms and truly transform the lives of users? Me too. It seems like Apps are the new “books” in mental health these days. Just about everyone has a great idea about publishing one. But, like books, only a few become successful. So, here are some ideas to help you get started in creating a great mental health App and avoid some known problems along the way.
1. You CAN Build A Great Mental Health App. There’s a growing market need for mental health Apps as the world is becoming more technologically mobile and more consumers worldwide are seeking mental health care online. The Department of Defense and the Veterans Association have created some great mental health Apps and so can you. If you truly believe that your App idea will create positive change, don’t be deterred by the work involved. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Many software tools are on the market and many experts are at your disposal. Reach out to others who have the skills and experience you need to create a great work. There is method behind the “magic,” so learn from those who have gone before you to make a great therapy App.
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Click here to read the entire PDF version of the How to Make Great Mental Health Apps article.
Jay Ostrowski is a Telemental health and marketing innovator with www.BehavioralHealthInnovation.com. BHI created www.telementalhealthcomparisons.com to help professionals choose technology. He lives in Charlotte, NC, USA.
Affiliate and Multi-Level Marketing opportunities have become part of the online business culture. Everyone has something to sell! But for some practitioners, the question about ethics comes into play.
First, what is the difference in affiliate marketing and network marketing (Multi-level Marketing)?
Affiliate marketing is typically pursuing commissions from products you are affiliating yourself with. This is typically single level commissions meaning you make money if the customer buys but if the customer sells, you do not make anything. It is also typically non residual creating (although sometimes you can find affiliate offers that have a small residual).
With Network Marketing/Multi-Level-Marketing you are affiliating yourself with a product/company and you have the ability to earn multiple levels of commissions and this is useful for creating a residual income.
The ethical rub happens when a practitioner sells to a client. For instance, a licensed mental health therapist who practices wellness coaching and offers a line of vitamin and herbal supplements as part of the client-therapist relationship may be violating professional ethics or the law. In the case of network marketing, the client who purchases from the practitioner may actually be seen as entering into a business relationship with the practitioner because in most network/MLM organizations, the people who sign up “under” a person to purchase products (this is referred to as the person’s downline) receive mentoring and motivational business tips from their “sponsor.”
Another example is a practitioner who uses essential oils in the office or practices aromatherapy techniques.. Most aromatherapists align themselves with a particular “brand” of essential oils and some of the most popular and quality essential oil products are MLM businesses. The client may desire to purchase the item that the aromatherapist is using. Depending on one’s particular license and/or ethics code, if the client signs up as a customer this arrangement may be defined as a dual relationship. A dual relationship is not always avoidable or unethical but the key in determining whether or not the particular dual relationship is unethical is to ask whether or not the arrangement creates undue influence from the practitioner to the client or causes the client to be exploited in any way.
If a practitioner practices a modality that may include product resale, the practitioner must be sure undue influence is avoided and that the client is not be exploited. For instance, a practitioner who simply uses the oils (lavender is common) as a calming scent in the office may say, “I have the oils available for sale on my website” to a client who asks. Or, “I have several books available on aromatherapy at my website.” In the first case, this may be a banner to click through to an online store to purchase oils and the practitioner receives a percentage of the sale as an affiliate or referral fee. Or the banner may click through to a website where the client can purchase as a retail customer or be directed to become a member or distributor. In the latter case, this places the client in a dual relationship with the practitioner since the client has now entered into a business arrangement. Granted, some people become members or distributors to be able to buy the product at a discount and have no intentions of creating a business or recruiting other members/distributors. In the second case, the books may be linked on the practitioner’s website through Amazon because the practitoner is an Amazon Associate (affiliate) and receives a small percentage if a book sells. You may have seen our book store here at OTI.
Be sure if you are a distributor of products or you offer products through an affiliate arrangement, that these affiliations are made clear to the client during informed consent. As someone who is a distributor through an MLM that sells essential oil products, I refrain from selling the product to my psychotherapy/counseling clients. If an inquiry is made, I refer them to the main company website so that the client does not end up in my downline. My purpose for being in the essential oils business is part personal and part professional. Even though a person may like the scent in my office and inquire about purchasing, I refrain from selling directly to clients. But each practitioner is responsible for checking with the laws and ethics of their profession to ensure no violations occur. Coaches and CAM Practitioners generally have more flexibility. Even so, informing a client of any interest you may have with a product or service is good business practice.
Kate continues with her regular column for the quarterly Journal of the BACP Workplace Division.
This issue focuses on online disinhibition.
I’d like to introduce you to one of the core themes that apply to distance communication in whatever technology you are using. It’s called the “disinhibition effect” (Suler, 2004). It is very likely that you will recognise it and have experienced it both in and outside of the workplace in your day to day communications. It is the reason that we hear such distressing stories in the media about suicide as a result of cyberbullying, or why online dating can be so successful, and why flamewars – heated arguments online with personal attacks occurring – spring up so quickly.
The disinhibition effect is what happens when we are not in the physical presence of another person, which is increasingly the case with every day communication in light of the technological tools we now have at our disposal. How often do you find yourself dashing off an email to a work colleague, texting your partner from your mobile, or updating your Facebook status these days? Whether you are an avid user of technology or not it is unlikely that your sole means of communication is verbal and face-to-face. Whatever means of technology mediated communication you are using, you are going to be less inhibited than you would be if you were in the physical presence of the other person.
The truth is people behave differently online. The perceived distance in technology mediated communication gives us a sense of safety – that you can say – and do – whatever you like with little or no consequence. The insidious behaviour of bullies in the playground has a much broader scope when they have access to strangers (or friends) online, and the apparent anonymity the Internet can give us creates a power dynamic that makes a personal attack seem more acceptable to make. The recent threats of rape and bomb planting to high-profile women in the media are a classic example of the worst side of disinhibited behaviour.
Download the PDF: Cyberculture in the workplace: a beginner’s guide
We did it!
Approximately 18 months ago, Kate and DeeAnna entered into learning agreements with International Association of Coaching (IAC) with a goal of achieving IAC Masteries Practitioner status and that goal is complete!
Why did we set out to accomplish this particular goal?
After several requests from colleagues and organizations, we decided to expand Online Therapy Institute to include coach instruction. While neither of us were formally certified as coaches at the time, we recognized the value of the coaching profession and also realized that coaches and other helping professionals could benefit from our teachings regarding the use of technology. We set out to find a professional organization that most aligned with our mission. The IAC fit our ethos. We became an IAC Coaching Masteries™ Authorized Licensee so that we could include the Masteries in our core coaching courses and that is when we entered into our first learning agreement as separate practitioners with the IAC. Our learning agreement included a few objectives with the main objective being the development of a 20-page E-Book, Applying the IAC Coaching Masteries™ to Your Online Work.
In writing the E-Book we were able to apply and understand the Masteries in a way that was most helpful for the work we do with students. Not only do the Masteries apply to the teachings in our core coach courses, the Masteries also apply to how we coach our students online through thier course work. The experience has been a worthwhile endeavor and one we recommend to our students.
For instance, we have had potential students approach us about entering our Specialist Certificate in Online Coaching. The pre-requisite for this Certificate is a coach certification. Students have pointed out that they have various degrees or licenses therefore they do not want to have to take more course work to be a coach because many say, “I already coach.” We can tailor a student’s goals in these cases to allow a student to enter the Specialist Certificate course without the required coach certification, provided they complete a learning agreement with IAC toward the IAC Masteries Practitioner status. This enables the uncredentialed coach to become credentialed, have a core set of Masteries to incorporate into their coaching work, and a professional organization with a Code of Ethics to follow.
How else do we utlize the teachings of the Masteries? Our Certified Intuitive Practitioner course includes a module on the helping relationship. The Masteries represent the core skillset we believe all healers and helping professionals should obtain. We strongly encourage students who are obtaining the CIP credential to also consider joining IAC and earning the Masteries Pracitioner credential as well.
Now that we are launching a Master’s Degree with specialist areas to include Online Coaching and Intuitive Studies (distant healing) we will be furthering the masteries into these academic curricula as well.
We hope to “see” you soon so that together we can “Master the Masteries” through online learning.
In the fields of Coaching and Energy Medicine (Complimentary/Alternative Medicine) the likelihood of having a claim is rare due to the non-invasive nature of our practice and the fact that we do not medically diagnose or prescribe to our clients. Because of this, the annual cost of coverage for liability insurance is quite low – starting at $215 for students and $240 for practitioners.
Even when you do your absolute best work, there’s always some risk that someone with whom you interact will be dissatisfied and any dissatisfied client or the client’s family could file a claim against you. Even if you are not at fault, without Professional Liability insurance, you would have to pay for your own legal defense and any potential settlement costs.
One of the most common types of lawsuits brought against independent therapists deals with negligence in the performance of professional duties. These types of suits seek damages sustained when you fail to perform your job according to established standards of conduct for your field. The costs of a legal defense, not to mention a settlement, can be devastating in such cases.
Even if you work for someone else, your employer’s Professional Liability coverage may not be enough to protect you in the event of a lawsuit. Ultimately, maintaining Professional Liability insurance is the responsible thing to do. There are many important reasons why it is recommended that all energy healers – students, practitioners, instructors and volunteers – carry Liability Insurance, here are some to consider:
In addition to the above reasons, carrying liability insurance is yet another way to show that your Energy practice is legitimate and professional. Clients and institutes will often view the fact that you have insurance as a sign that you are a responsible professional.
Bottom line – when you have professional and general liability insurance you are free to provide your services, teach, make recommendations, volunteer whenever/wherever knowing that you and your interests are protected. To learn more about coverage for practitioners in the USA visit: http://onlinetherapyinstitute.com/usa-coach-liability-insurance/
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