compendium of remote therapy guidelines and resources for therapists
There is a lot of information available online regarding the switch to remote therapy, which may be quite overwheming. In this blog post we have aimed to bring together some of the most relevant and useful resources and guidelines available, all in one place.
An expert in online and cross-cultural therapy, Anastasia Piatakhina Giré shares her tips for transitioning to online therapy now that more and more people are finding themselves sheltering in place.
Vincent et al, 2017, British Journal of Psychotherapy.
Of course, when carrying out remote therapy, via any medium, it is important to ensure that you are still following the relevant ethical guidelines and codes of practice for your practise.
The bpf expects members to follow our ethical guidelines in their own practise, whether remote on face-to-face, and we are here to help you continue to do this in the new circumstances in which we find ourselves. If you need assistance or guidance please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
further food for thought...
This helpful article explains some of the "red flags" to investigate when choosing any digital hosting platform, including zoom.
By Stoll, Müller and Trachsel (2020) In 'frontiers in psychiatry'.
"The provision of psychotherapy over distance using technology is a growing market reaching many patients and therefore the risks and benefits need to be known by all psychotherapists whether they themselves practice online or not. This comprehensive review of the main ethical arguments for and against different forms of online psychotherapy aims to enhance discussion of ethical issues in this growing area."
It’s important to pay attention to changes to the therapeutic frame when remote sessions become a wise choice, or even a necessity. Gillian Isaacs Russell has shared the guidelines she sends to her patients as they figure out whether (and how) to meet remotely.