Online course

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Our online programme is developed to educate the counsellors on specifics of counselling at a distance. The course is free of charge and has an open access. It is available in five languages: English, Estonian, German, Greek and Spanish.

The course could be used either independently or as part of the in-person training programme that was also developed as part of the DIS.COproject. It contains eight video-lectures and quizzes (small tests) to assess your knowledge. Our course also includes botha prior knowledge assessment and a post-training assessment to evaluate the improvement that the student achieved in the process of completing the online programme.

Please take a Prior Knowledge Assessment test and register for the course before you start watching the first video.

Module 1. Introduction

Welcome to the first module of our course! We will start with a brief historical overview of distance counselling. After watching the video lecture, we encourage you to take a quiz – a brief test to assess your knowledge.


Module 2. Ethical, Security & Technological Issues

In the second module we will continue our discussion concerning the limitations and challenges that could be associated with online counselling. Some of them include risks for professionals providing online mental health services. Please have a look at some of the considerations when using online/distance technology for service provision, if you are interested in the topic.


Module 3. Promotion & facilitation

In the third module we are going to continue discussing the potential disadvantages of online counselling. This is important as online counselling is not suitable for all clients or all cases. An online counsellor has to individually assess each case and determine the suitability of online counselling, as women have diverse needs and preferences.


Module 4. Assessment of suitability of beneficiary 

In the current module, we will talk about important factors that help to assess the suitability of a victim of violence or abuse and whether counselling “at-a-distance” is suitable for them. These factors include a client’s preferences regarding online therapy, their communication skills and potential therapeutic aspects of the counselling, among others. 


Module 5. Managing the therapeutic relationship at-a-distance: Rules & Boundaries

Welcome to the new study week! Today we are going to talk about strategies for increasing the efficiency of online counselling.


Module 6. Communication and counselling skills “at-a-distance”

We all know that a professional who is participating in online counselling has to have certain competencies and qualifications. In this section we will introduce the required skills for the counselling at a distance.


Module 7. Closure of the counselling cycle

Today’s lecture focuses on the closure of the counselling cycle. The counselling process has a beginning and an end, and it is highly important that a client’s counselling experience has a positive outcome and ending.


Module 8. Scientific Supervision & Assessment of Counselling “at a distance”

Welcome to the concluding module of the current course! Today we are going to discuss basic problems associated with supervision in online counselling. As with any other service, online counselling requires assessment and supervision. It is crucial to improve the quality of the provided services and skills of counsellors themselves.

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