Cyber Counselling

Tapo Chimbganda

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    Web-counselling also known as cyber-counselling is a means of intervention that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. In my paper I will present case studies of work done through the Internet. Interventions range from a brief two-week intervention to 8 months of work conducted through instant messaging. I will look at the benefits of web-counselling using
    practical and real examples. I will expound on the disadvantages of web-counselling, again sitting examples. I have personally conducted research and worked on various models of intervention via the Internet for the Ireland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) over the last year. I have worked with a total of 8 service users to date and no doubt will have worked
    with more by October 2008. With these 12 I have carried out 6-8 month interventions beginning with the assessment right through to the evaluation at the end. All of this has been conducted via web. My clients range from age 13 to 17 both male and female and come from different socio-economic backgrounds.
    During my presentation I would like to role-play via web with participants, studying languaging and therapeutic skills that can be used in practice. As I mentioned before I will provide scripts of actual sessions conducted at various stages of intervention with testimonials from the young people who have engaged with me in web-counselling. Young people have stated that webcounselling allows them to open up a little bit more about the more “horrifying” aspects of their lives and they feel better able to express themselves without worrying about formalities and impressions.
    With the ever increasing popularity of web blogs, instant messaging, and other entertaining and sociable activities online young people are spending more time by their computers. Practitioners should reach young people by whatever means are available and necessary. This medium also works very well with special needs clients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2008
    EventInternational Child and Youth Conference 2008 - , Canada
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …

    Academic conference

    Academic conferenceInternational Child and Youth Conference 2008
    Period1/01/08 → …


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