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Psychotherapy (Chic). 2011 Jun;48(2):109-18. doi: 10.1037/a0022427.

Web-conference supervision for advanced psychotherapy training: a practical guide.

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  • 1Centre for Emotions and Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


The advent of readily accessible, inexpensive Web-conferencing applications has opened the door for distance psychotherapy supervision, using video recordings of treated clients. Although relatively new, this method of supervision is advantageous given the ease of use and low cost of various Internet applications. This method allows periodic supervision from point to point around the world, with no travel costs and no long gaps between direct training contacts. Web-conferencing permits face-to-face training so that the learner and supervisor can read each other's emotional responses while reviewing case material. It allows group learning from direct supervision to complement local peer-to-peer learning methods. In this article, we describe the relevant literature on this type of learning method, the practical points in its utilization, its limitations, and its benefits.

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