We at OCTIA are so pleased to announce that this year we are offering a workshop again during the conference. Workshops are great for taking in the offered information and working together with other counsellors in the room, getting to know them better in the process. As we are streaming the conference again this year, we will not forget our online delegates. Your input will be brought to the attention of the room and is highly valued.

Some more about the workshop from the presenter Stephen Goss.

Stephen has a great deal of experience in research and we are very glad to have him back this year to share that experience with us.


Basically, I want to use a workshop format to explore what you delegates [in the room and online] think should be the research priorities for online counselling and psychotherapy over the next 5 – 10 years given our fast changing professional environment. I will ask you to list items that you would like to see researched, studied or developed.

If there is time (and I am aware that there may not be – presentation slots are very short – we will pool those priorities and reduce them to a single list and then if time still allows I will ask delegates to put them into a rank-order of priorities.

You will recognise this, I am sure, as a modified and simplified version of what is sometimes referred to as the Delphi Method which seeks to generate consensus on complex problems.

This exercise may be repeated with other groups too to create a much broader sampling than will be possible on the day.

Some things are already more or less researched-out. Many things are not and there is a vast amount of work left to do.

I hope also to be able to set this in the context of developing the professional ‘entrepreneurialism’ of practitioners in the field – that is different than economic or business entrepreneurialism and I really mean developing the intellectual ‘capital’ available to all to support the development of effective practice, resources, trainings, services and knowledge (professional entrepreneurs develop their own standing and ‘professional worth’ in these ways), ultimately, to impact on the capital that is expressed in terms of the wellbeing of individuals, social groups and society as a ¬†whole – and thus contribute to the ‘Gross National Happiness’ (as opposed to money-based measures like GDP) that cyberspace has to offer.


This will, time allowing, be set in the context of routes by which such work can gain proper recognition (eg through academic award or other ‘publicly personal professional development’) with a practical focus on what such work can or should create as ‘products’ of the studies we would like to see done.


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