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BEING A RESILIENT PRACITIONER IN AN INCREASINGLY


DIGITAL WORLD


The Development of Guidelines for the Uses of Technology in Counselling & Psychotherapy


BY DAWN SCHELL, MA, CCC, CCDP PROJECT CONSULTANT, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS CHAPTER


W


ith an explosive growth of technology in recent years, we have seen an equal growth in the use of technology in counselling and psychotherapy. New


technological applications for counselling and psy- chotherapy appear regularly. This ever-changing digital landscape requires vigilance and resilience on the part of the practitioner to navigate the op- portunities and the risks. It’s not always easy to see how to apply the CCPA Code of Ethics and Stand- ards of Practice to new devices, new operating sys- tems, new apps, or new versions of apps.


We are also aware that counsellors and psycho- therapists have differing levels of comfort when it comes to technology. Some of us are enthusiasts


THE CANADIAN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION SUMMER 2019


who embrace every new form of technology. Others are more hesitant, or maybe even reluctant, to use any technology at all. No matter what level we are at, or how much or little we use technology in our practices, we need to learn how to use it wisely.


The Technology and Innovative Solutions Chapter (TISC) has developed Guidelines for the Uses of Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Our aim has been to provide concrete suggestions for making the best use of technology while protecting the privacy and the safety of our clients and our- selves. The aim of these guidelines is to support and affirm professional practice in our technology- saturated world by providing tools to be resilient


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