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13th June 2024 
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Online Counselling and Online Supervision Skills Training

Jane Evans MA MBACP (Senior Accred Member) Professional and confidential Services for Counselling, Online Counselling, Counselling Supervision for your counselling practice,Online Counselling skills training courses, online counselling Consultancy, Since the Pandemic in 2020 there has been a dramatic surge in counselling and supervision services being offered online.The diverse range of professionals who are currently engaging with clients via this medium is continuing to increase as clients demand is encouraging practitioners and service providers to create the opportunity for support using computer mediated technology. Training to work with clients via the internet is strongly recommended by both BACP and ACTO ( Association for counselling and therapy online).All OCST programmes are matched to the BACP competencies for OTP 2021(online and Telephone counselling)
OCST provides training for online therapy and online supervision which are approved by ACTO.

Are you seeking Diploma level training for Online Counselling skills practice?
Would you like to take part in an experiential learning programme to develop your professional understanding and practical capability to offer counselling/therapy via the internet?
OCST online counselling Diploma programmes are included within the ACTO directory of approved training for this field of practice.
The next OCST4 Group programmes will commence during October 2023 , with seven online meetings, held at fortnightly intervals.

OCST is offering a limited number of OCST1 Online Counselling Diploma places during 2023. The OCST1 is a learning programme where students meet meet individually with their tutor throughout the duration of the Diploma. The tutor is a practising online counsellor with over 17 years of experience in all aspects of working online, including private practice and organisational contexts.Successful completion offers eligibility for Level 2 ACTO membership. Main Course fees are £570.00 Please email for further information using the contact tab on the website. One of the distinct benefits of this programme is flexibility around start dates and meeting days/times.Students also benefit from tutor led meetings, which cover all mediums offered in online counselling

The next OCST2 Group Online Counselling Diploma programme commences during September 2023, with 13 weekly meetings held each Saturday from 10-00am to 11-30am

The next Stage One Online Supervision Diploma programme commences during September 2023, and includes 6 fortnightly meetings.

The next Stage Two of the online supervision Diploma commences during October 2023,with 8 fortnightly group meetings, held on Friday morning from 10-00am-11-30am.

Dates for a further Stage Two programme will be announced during October 2023

There are a range of training opportunities available with OCST, including modular Diploma courses for online counselling, 100 hour CPD online counselling training ( OCST4), and online supervision, plus workshops for those who wish to work via the internet with clients, or are seeking to further develop their online presence and counselling or supervision skills. All current courses and workshops are listed below. If you read through the information and find a course which most suits your interest in this field of professional practice, please feel free to contact me for more details.

Transferring the use of counselling skills to computer mediated technology requires additional skills to those utilised within face to face interactions. The courses available from OCST provide all the necessary skills and knowledge to assist practitioners in effectively managing this transition, whilst also providing learning opportunities which encourage participants to develop an effective presence and computer mediated relationships with clients. One of the distinct benefits in participating in OCST courses is based upon the course tutor being a qualified and highly experienced e-counsellor and supervisor, who has practiced within a broad range of work contexts with online clients since 2004.

There is the option of individual or group learning training for computer mediated counselling skills training. Courses are modular in structure with full support provided by the tutor throughout the period of study.

Course One- OCST 2 Online Counselling Diploma
An 13 week Modular training course. This course is completed by students as group learning opportunity with continuous support from the course tutor during each module.
Course Fees are currently £575

Brief Course outline:
The course is structured as a 13 week modular training programme with a combination of:
1.Personal study and research
2.Experiential learning through group and individual exercises
3.Simulated client work using asynchronous and synchronous media
4.Weekly online group discussion meetings and a course discussion forum
5.Completion of a personal learning log, brief case study, and personal
model for using counselling skills within an online context

Module One
Familiarisation with online counselling skills practice and developing an effective online presence. This module also covers online assessment/ risk management, and working with a blended approach of face to face and online counselling.

Module Two
Developing an online presence and online relationships

Module Three
Professional online Relationships with clients using asynchronous computer mediated software

Module Four
Professional online Relationships with clients using synchronous computer mediated software

Module Five
Ethical and technical considerations within online counselling skills practice, including web site design and content, and client assessment/contracting forms, compliance with GDPR etc

Module Six
Forming a model for professional practice using online counselling skills

Working with Diversity within your online counselling practice

If you would like further information on course content and structure, please follow this link to email the tutor onlinecounsellingandsupervision

OCST4 - Webcam and voice only online practice
Registration for the Group OCST4 programmes commencing during May 2023. The OCST4 qualification is currently a 100 hour CPD programme, which offers students eligibility for Membership of ACTO.
This is a Six Module certificate programme (100 hours CPD), where students are provided with a course focused towards working via webcam with clients. The main course fees are £450.00 Not all counsellors want to engage online with clients using therapy emails or IM ( Instant messenging), but do want add to their face to face practice by offering webcam sessions to clients. If this is how you intend to develop your online client presence, then the OCST4 will be the right training programme for you. The training includes all key aspects of assessment and contracting with clients, into the process of effectively engaging with clients via webcam. Ethical and legal requirements are also included within the Six module programme. Students are provided with one and half hour course meetings and are also required to complete role play activities with other OCST4 students outside of their meetings with the course tutor. Two online supervision meetings are also a mandatory requirement for the OCST4 and are arranged in small groups with one of the OCST online supervisors.
Successful completion of the OCST4 offers eligibility to apply for Level 2 ACTO membership. Please contact me for further details.

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Online Supervision Training Courses

Are you interested in becoming an online supervisor, or are you already supporting others using computer mediated technology?
If so, you may be interested in participating in either stages of the online supervision programmes available with OCST.

Practising as an online supervisor requires additional skills and considerations to those utilised within face to face supervision relationships. Developing the additional skills and expertise to provide effective online supervision to supervisees and related client work, can be supported by engaging in either of the courses listed below. Delegates who successfully complete the requirements for either course will receive a certificate issued by OCST. For those practitioners who have none, or very limited experience of providing online supervision, the stage 1 programme is appropriate. For those practitioners who have some experience of providing online supervision, stage two would be most appropriate for further skill development:

OCST Online Supervision Diploma

This first stage of the training is a six module programme where delegates consider how the skills of face to face supervision and their chosen theoretical supervision framework transfer to an online media to consolidate and form a personal model for effective online supervision practice. The course content includes both synchronous and asynchronous activities and exercises which enable course members to practice their developing skills. All activities and online course meetings are facilitated by the course tutor.

Stages and APL process for the Online Supervision Diploma
OCST Online Supervision Diploma Programme

  • Stage One- Face to face counselling supervision practice- 6 week programme- Course fees £395.00
  • Stage Two- Online supervision practice with individual counsellors and groups of counsellors- 8 fortnightly course meetings- Course fees £560.00
  • Stage Three- Online counselling practice- Six module programme- £395.00 course fees

Where delegates are not seeking to complete the whole Diploma level training, individual stages can be taken, with course fees as identified above, and are certificated by OCST.

Students are required to source a minimum number of supervisees for case reflection during each stage of the Diploma course. (Reflection upon the supervisee exchanges are included as part of the assessed course work . On this basis please ensure your supervisees are in agreement with this arrangement).
Supervision of supervision is mandatory in each stage of the training ( 3.5 hours during each stage). Supervision is provided by a member of the OCST team, and is an additional fee which is payable to the supervisor in advance of the supervision meetings.

If you would like further information regarding either course, please contact me using the email facility on the website.

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A Sample of Endorsements from OCST Course Delegates

OCST Online Counselling Supervision Stage one
If you are looking for a course that will give you new skills, remind you of old ones, stimulate your thinking, enhance your presence online and offers value for money?? Well look no further! The supervision course offers all of the above. I have recently completed Part 1 and I highly recommend it. What was covered in this course in six sessions; could take months to learn in a different context. The standard is high, and the cost is is certainly a bargain!......what more could a prospective student ask for in a course?
. Counsellor and supervisor. Trinity College. Dublin.

"I recently completed the OCST 2 Diploma, which was a fantastic course, created and delivered by Jane Evans, who has a huge wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills working in the field of online counselling, which she was generous in sharing during each of the weekly course meetings. The learning resources and student handbook Jane provided, were excellent, which aided my learning, and developed my knowledge and understanding of all the different subject areas involved in providing online counselling. It was also a fantastic opportunity and really helpful, to practice using different online mediums through role play with a fellow student on the course. The weekly course meetings were also a great opportunity to engage with fellow students, and with Jane, and I experienced Jane to be supportive and helpful with any learning queries related to modules, subject areas, and efficient in providing regular feedback about coursework. I would highly recommend this fantastic course"

1 Online Counselling Diploma
I undertook the OCST course in my capacity as a part-time student counsellor, with a view to assisting in the introduction of an email counselling service. The course material seemed very accessible for a counsellor with this objective A varied and interesting range of activities were provided, reflecting a great awareness of the issues and the satisfactions of practice within an educational environment. All aspects of the course delivery encouraged engagement with, and exploration of, computer mediated technology. I also enjoyed the structured approach and consistent pace of the course, and the high level of individual attention I received. I feel as if my understanding of and attitude towards online practice has undergone a lot of development.

OCST 1 Online Counselling Diploma
Undertaking the online counselling course with Jane was a stimulating, thought provoking and affirming process. With Jane’s experience of online counselling in Higher Education she was able to guide me in how best to use this approach at Cardiff University. I was encouraged to think about how I could apply my existing counselling skills to an online context, and to consider the ethical issues that are unique to this way of counselling. I completed the course feeling positive and confident to set up the online counselling service here. I wholeheartedly recommend this course for anyone considering starting online counselling, as there are unique differences and ethical issues to understand and apply.

OCST 1 Online Counselling Diploma Course
I found the course exceptionally informative and enjoyable. I feel as though I’ve learned a great deal and my confidence in using different online mediums for communication has significantly increased. The structure of the course has really helped me think about how to provide online counselling and how to develop an online counselling service. The course activities build each week into helping me see my own personal model for online counselling as well as all the practical, ethical and legal considerations that need to be borne in mind. Thank you, Jane for your help and support.

OCST 1 Online Counselling Diploma Course

I found Jane’s OCST 1 course to provide an interesting insight into the ramifications of online counselling, for learning new skills and for how to apply existing ones to an online context. Many Thanks!

OCST 1 Online Counselling Skills Course
I now feel much more knowledgeable, skilled and prepared to undertake online work in our service. I would not want to undertake this work without such a course as there are additional skills and considerations for even the most experienced face to face counsellor. The online Skype support and feedback was excellent. It was a good mix of theory and practice and I was able to fit it into my working day with some time allocation from my manager. Thanks Jane.

OCST2 Online Counselling Skills Course

"Learning together as a group and discussing issues on the Forum gave me a tremendous feeling of support I recommend this course without reservation and am looking forward to training further with Jane".

“A highly supportive, educational and enjoyable course that I would recommend to anyone interested in Online Counselling.
All you need to know is covered and explored through group meetings, supervision, forums and other invaluable communications.
Whether you are a beginner or have had some experience within this field, the course will effectively develop your skills and enhance your learning”

"I wholeheartedly recommend this course. Although I am a very experienced counsellor, I have learnt so much, reviewed my skills and their use both on-line, and face-to-face. The benefits are considerable. For anyone wishing to gain greater understanding of e-counselling, then this is a very good course to take". -

"I work exclusively in private practice now but have previously worked as a counsellor and clinical supervisor in the NHS, Education, RELATE and a Hospice. I’ll put my hand up and admit that I was sceptical when I first heard of ecounselling but over the duration of this course I’ve become a convert. The course was genuinely ethical and offered a comprehensive and stimulating experience of all the skills and competencies involved for online work. The ‘presence’ of my online client and my online colleagues was ‘very real’ to me. Using the core skills and other online competencies that were skilfully taught to me by the excellent tutor on the course has given me the confidence to say ‘yes’ a therapeutic relationship does and can exist online."

To make a payment for your place on one of the online counselling training course, please contact me for details.

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Why choose to provide Online Counselling, Supervision, Counselling Supervision,or Consultancy for you or your organisation?

Online Supervision

If you require supervision for the online counselling practice within your organisation I am available to offer either face to face supervision or online supervision for individuals and groups. If online counselling is a new addition to your organisation and you feel that an introduction to online supervision would be beneficial, I can offer introductory sessions as required.

Online counselling Training
I am a qualified and experienced trainer with over 30 years experience of developing and delivering training packages to individuals and groups. If you are considering introducing online counselling or supervision within your counselling service provision I can provide introductory and more in depth training which is flexible and delivered according to the needs of the individual or group.

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