This course explores the lived experiences of individuals in teletherapy, specifically those engaging in teletherapy with a romantic partner or family member. This exploration was done through a thematic analysis of open ended responses. Five broad themes are discussed as well as their implications for teletherapy with this population.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, “It’s Splendid Once You Grow Into It:” Client Experiences of Relational Teletherapy in the Era of COVID-19 created by Candice A. Maier, PhD., Dana Riger, PhD, and Heather Morgan-Sowada, PhD in 2021.
J Marital Fam Ther. 2021;47:304–319.
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Candice A. Maier, PhD.
Dr. Maier is a faculty member in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). She is a licensed clinical therapist and is an active member of the Affiliate Council Board and Family Therapy sections of the National Council on Family Relations. She has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and has also contributed to books.
Dana Riger, PhD
Dr. Riger teaches in the Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) undergraduate program and the school counseling graduate program in the school of education. Her research has primarily focused on the role that technology plays in couples and families’ lives. She has explored the effects of technology on romantic relationships, technology-assisted interventions used by MFTs, and teletherapy for couples and families. She has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals.
Heather Morgan-Sowada, PhD
Dr. Morgan-Sowada is an Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Mount Mercy University. She has devoted her career to learning more about effective treatment for BDD, especially through a family systems lens and has had multiple articles published in peer reviewed journals.
Crystal J. Lockett-Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider and Nationally Certified Counselor. She has have training and certification in Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused therapies and Moral Reconation Therapy. In addition to her private practice, Crystal also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for the Collin College educational system and has presented multiple continuing education programs.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of how COVID 19 impacted the delivery of counseling services and the challenges experience by both clinician and client.
Analyze the factors that contributed to the outcomes that the participants experienced to promote successful interventions and practices
Recognize common themes expressed to support effective relational therapy
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