Forum Usage Agreement

Online Therapy Institute/Online Coach Institute Forums

Usage Agreement


The Online Therapy Institute and Online Coach Institute hosts several forums in conjunction with course work. We also host the OTI/OCI Cafe which is a general discussion board for coaches and therapists to discuss topics related to practice building, networking and resources.

We host a Supervision Forum – one each for Therapists and Coaches. The Supervision Forum is for peer supervision and case consultation for therapists and coaches working with clients via technology.

The Forums  are a place for people to consult, discuss, network, and share information, research, technology, resources, skills, and knowledge about online mental health issues. It is also a meeting place for members to get to know one another in an informal and friendly environment. The Forum offers encrypted Boards to many organizations who utilize the space for peer consultation, student/teacher facilitation and clinical supervision. You will only be able to access boards to which you have been subscribed.

In the interest of maintaining a positive and constructive community, please take note of the following guidelines when participating:

You might want to include a signature with information such as your degree, affiliation, geographic location, and/or website.

Use the subject line that continues the discussion on the board, or, if you create a new topic for discussion, create a new subject line that is clear and concise.

We encourage you to share activities and projects you are involved in, particularly those related to online mental health – but please, not repeatedly. The use of this forum is dedicated primarily to facilitation and consultation. We do have other venues available to post announcements that would be of interest to the entire online therapy community.

Be sensitive to the cultural, geographic, and disciplinary diversity of the list.

Be respectful of others’ perspectives, even when you disagree with them and believe they are wrong.

Do not share member information with nonmembers.

All messages are protected by copyright laws. They cannot be used, copied, or forwarded without prior consent of the author. Please avoid personal attacks, sarcasm, innuendo, or any other kind of derogatory or disrespectful language in the forums, and on your website toward, or about another Online Therapy Institute member.

Online Therapy Institute reserves the right to ban members from the forum if the guidelines are not followed.

Peer Consultation Boards within the Forum: Please do not discuss specific case material. Coach and Therapist Peer Consultation boards are for general discussion only.  If you are in need of a one-off from a qualified coach or clinical supervisor please refer to your own supervision that you may already have in place or consider a one-off professional consultation.


You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

Note that it is impossible for the owners of this forum to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum’s owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The the owners of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the owners of this forum, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The owners of this forum also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum. When discussing specifics of a case, please be sure to blind the information so as not to allow for identity of clients. Do not use real names or any other identifying information. Please do not enter verbatim material from online correspondence.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another person except an administrator, for your protection and for validity reasons. You also agree to NEVER use another person’s account for any reason. We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and login to this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

Also note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser’s cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.