In the last issue of TILT Magazine, online practitioners were invited to participate in a survey designed to gather information about various trends in the distance counseling industry. The survey was also announced across various professional networks as well as such platforms such as LinkedIn groups, Twitter and Facebook, including the OTI social network which has over 1150 members. Despite this, only 211 responses were received, which may be an indication that while many people have a heightened interest in online therapy, they are not yet practicing online.
From the answers as practicing distance service providers, much was learned about the regularity with which practitioners provide services to clients outside their own jurisdictional area, the technologies being used to communicate with clients, and the topics and skill areas most important to survey respondents. Some of the results may surprise whereas others may have been expected. In either case, the data paints a small but significant picture of what is currently going on in the world of online therapy.
Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT
After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.