program 2013

Saturday, March 2nd  2013

9.15am to 9.45am



Registration-cafe bar will open at 0900 for coffee etc


9.45 am to 10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction to the day- Gill Webb

ACTO Chair’s Words- Stephanie Palin



10:00 am to 10.50am


Jeannie Wright

Theme of presentation- ‘Words were originally magic’

The expression of thoughts and feelings using words and word pictures online is the focus of this workshop. Examples from clients’ email communication will set the scene. A series of experiential exercises will flex Our emotional muscles and extend our emotional vocabulary.


Jeannie Wright is currently director of counselling and psychotherapy programmes at the University of Warwick. She was Associate Professor in Counselling at Massey University, NZ for five years and is a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. She has been a senior accredited practitioner with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 1993.







Stephen Goss

Theme of presentation-Attending to the sad, the mad, the bad and the glad in shaping the future of online counselling and psychotherapy’.


This presentation will raise questions, and seek answers, about the future for online counselling in light of constant innovation in distance care and, particularly, the need for practitioner-led enhancement of our professional and intellectual capital, that effectively combines rigour and the full breadth of human feelings, emotional expression and experience.


With over a quarter of a century of experience in mental health care, Stephen Goss, PhD, is Principal Lecturer on the DPsych (Professional Studies) programme at the Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University, and an Independent Consultant in technologically mediated counselling and support service development, research, evaluation and supervision for clinical and research work in the UK and worldwide.


12.05pm -12.30pm







Kate Anthony

Theme of presentation-Maintaining a Responsible Online Presence (whether sad,bad, mad or glad)’

This presentation will examine the importance of maintaining a responsible professional online presence and delineate how this can be made difficult in light of disinhibition in the online environment. The permanence of the written word online in light of non-professional posts, tweets and status updates will be emphasised.

Dr Kate Anthony is a leading expert in the use of technology in therapy and coaching.  She is co-CEO of the Online Therapy Institute and co-managing editor of TILT Magazine (Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology).  She is a Fellow of BACP and was awarded her doctorate for her Public Works in the field of Online Therapy and Coaching in 2010



 Jo Ames

Theme of presentation- ‘ A framework ~ creating safe(r) online spaces for client expression’

How we create our ‘virtual’ safe spaces and some of the conditions necessary to facilitate access to, expression within and quality monitoring processes.


Jo Ames has provided counselling for 16 years in settings including: CAMHS, Victim Support, WALKWAYS – developing one of the earliest f2f and online youth counselling services with related quality standards.  As a self employed f2f and online counsell, she is, with the University of Wolverhampton developing their asynchronous online service and engaging in related research.






 Kate Dunn-

Theme of presentation- “Do you feel what I feel?” – Sharing feelings in computer-mediated therapy


This presentation will look at some of the different ways in which feelings and associated behaviour patterns may be communicated online and how these impact on the therapeutic relationship.


Kate is a Senior Counsellor in the Counselling Services the University of Portsmouth and set up an online service in 2008.  She completed her MA  dissertation in 2011,  where she  explored online relationships in counselling . 




End of Conference Plenary


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