ERIC Number: ED442062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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The Subjective Experiences of Therapists in Face-to-Face, Video, and Audio Sessions.
Day, Susan X; Schneider, Paul
Most psychotherapists hold preconceptions about what it could be like to deliver services using distance technology. Reactions to distance technology in counseling have been governed by guesses rather then by experience or research. However, a recent teletherapy project has provided insight into how remote systems of treatment actually are perceived. This chapter first describes how the project, the Telehealth Project, was set up and implemented, and then examines six themes that emerged from analyses of the comments of participating therapists. Findings strongly suggest that technologically mediated treatment may be a substitute for, and in some cases an improvement upon, traditional face-to-face therapy. No insurmountable barriers were found. Adaptability of both clients and therapists was impressive. Implications for clinical training and practice are briefly explored. Further research is needed on the best ways to train clinicians and work around the problems distance therapy presents. With the proper support and consultation, the well-trained practitioner already holds the tools needed to send his/her touch through cyberspace. (MKA)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Communications, Counselors, Internet, Perception, Psychotherapy, Teleconferencing
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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