What is eTherapy?

eTherapy is the delivery of mental health services and support through digital platforms. Various mediums of delivery can be used to provide eTherapy services to clients such as phone or video calls, email, instant chat, or text. Though the concept of eTherapy has been around for many years, the industry is on the brink of rapid expansion. Online therapy is a more general term that can be used to encompass any sort of mental health help or advice that is obtained on the Internet, eTherapy included. Online counselling or therapy could include self help websites, medical advice pages, discussion boards, as well as the eTherapy methods mentioned. eTherapy is a more specific term as it refers to direct interaction between a clinician and client in a therapeutic setting. As such, self help websites and online support group (not facilitated) would not count as eTherapy. As eTherapy is still a relatively new approach, there are many terms that are used to describe it such as cybercounselling, internet therapy, online psychotherapy, virtual counselling and many more. Though there is not one agreed upon term or definition, distinguishing eTherapy as requiring direct therapist-client interaction is a simple way to conceptualize all of these different terms.

How does the provision of eTherapy work?

The idea of providing eTherapy may be an intimidating concept as there are likely many questions that you have. You may be wondering what credentials are required to get started, what kind of software do you need, what are the ethical implications, can you provide eTherapy services to any geographical region, how do you effectively advertise your eTherapy services, and many more. That is why eTherapy Essentials offers a comprehensive introductory course to eTherapy called Online Counselling Fundamentals. This course was designed to answer and address many of the questions and inhibitions that counsellors may have when thinking about providing eTherapy services. To learn more about how the practice of eTherapy works, register for our course and get started today!

Why take an online training course?

Taking some sort of training before providing eTherapy is very important to ensure that you as a counsellor you are providing ethical and effective eTherapy services. That being said, there are currently limited eTherapy training courses and opportunities out there to choose from. eTherapy Essentials was created to address this gap in training. Taking an online course has many benefits such as the flexibility to work on the course when you want from where you want, accessing all course materials from your laptop, the ability to work at your own pace, a certificate of achievement, and most importantly the ability to feel competent and confident in the eTherapy services you are providing to your clients. For more information about the benefits of providing eTherapy and eTherapy Essential’s training opportunities, please visit our Benefits page.

What is required for me to sign up for the online training course?

If you are a registered clinician who wishes to further their knowledge regarding the practice of eTherapy, signing up for this course is simple. No proof of licensing or registration is required, so there is no delay in getting started. *Visit the Courses page in the top navigation bar, and select the course called Online Counselling Fundamentals. From here you will be asked to enter our credit card information through our secure Woocommerce function to pay for the course. Once you have created an eTherapy Essentials account and entered your payment information, under the My Courses tab, you will see the Online Counselling Fundamentals course appear. By clicking on the course you can get started learning about eTherapy right away!

Do I have to upgrade my eTherapy credentials on a continuous basis?

No, as eTherapy is still a nationally and provincially unregulated practice, there are no enforced requirements to take a certification course or continuously obtain continuing education credentials and certificates. However, it is the duty of the therapist to ensure they are providing services within the scope of their practice and are abiding by all regulations that are in place for traditional in-person therapy. As policies, ethical regulations, and research are continuously changing, it is the duty of the therapist to stay up to date. That is why is it highly recommended that all eTherapists check back in to this course at least once a year to look for any changes or new follow up courses being offered to brush up on the latest policies, ethics, information, and methodologies in regards to the provision of eTherapy services.

Will I need special hardware or software to take this course?

No, you will not need to purchase or download any special software to take this course. All you will need is access to the internet to read the course materials online, follow links to any supplementary websites for information, and take the online review quizzes.

Can I take my online course on the go with my smartphone?

Yes! The modules can be accessed and read on your smartphone so you can work on your course anytime, anywhere.

What types of tools and resources will be available as part of my online program?

You will be provided with modules to read, links to websites that have supplementary information on specific topics, and review quizzes and checklists at the end of every chapter to ensure you understand the take home points of the information provided. Finally, the last module of the course is a comprehensive review module and test that will ensure you have understood the information provided to you throughout the Online Counselling Fundamentals course. We provide information throughout the course about secure software you may need to purchase for your eTherapy practice, references, links to relevant websites, and are on hand to answer and questions you may have.

Is there a set amount of time I need to complete the course by once I start?

There is no time requirement or limitation for completing the course. This course is provided as opportunity to learn and improve your skills, and was designed to be as convenient as possible for you. As such, you can work on the course however fast or slow as you choose, but you will not get your certificate of completion until you have finished all 10 modules. Averagely, each module takes around one hour, however you can complete it at your own pace. It is encouraged to complete all of the modules without any extended interruptions to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the final review text in the last module of course.

Are textbooks required for the online course?

No, there are no additional textbooks or materials required for purchase to complete this course. The online course will provide you with readings for each module, followed by a quiz at the end of each chapter.

How much time does it take to complete this course?

This course was designed with the intent of taking about 45 minutes to about 1 hour per module. Some modules are shorter than others, and there are a total of nine modules and one final review module. As such, the course should take about 10 hours to complete in its entirety. This tie estimate depends on your pace of reading, interruptions, and focus throughout the course.

What are the course prerequisites?

This course is intended to be for licensed and registered clinicians who wish to educate themselves about eTherapy. Students who are also interested in becoming online practitioners are also welcome to complete the course. Though we do not verify the credentials of those who to sign up for this course, eTherapy Essentials does not condone the provision of eTherapy services by persons who are not registered to a governing licensing body and have not completed adequate post secondary training for therapeutic services. This course is suitable for those who already provide eTherapy services and wish to expand and improve their skills as well as for individuals who know very little about the topic and do not currently practice eTherapy. No prerequisites are required to take this course.

What skills and technology will I need to proceed with eTherapy.

The Online Counselling Fundamentals course will outline what is needed to provide ethical eTherapy services that are in line with HIPAA guidelines. As an eTherapist, you can choose to provide whichever forms of eTherapy you want. There are no restrictions or minimum requirements as to which forms of eTherapy you offer. You may only wish to provide phone therapy, and as such, only a reliable phone connection is required. For more information about what is required to provide each specific form of eTherapy, register for the Online Counselling Fundamentals course.

Who can I speak to about detailed information about this course?

For any additional questions or concerns please email info@etherapyessentials.com.

What is the cost of this course?

Online Counselling Fundamentals cost is 350.00$ plus 5% GST. This is to be paid in full at the time of registration for the course, through our secure online payment system.

What do I do when I complete the course?

Once you achieve a mark of 80% on the final Module 10 review test, we will automatically receive an email notification. Once we receive this email, we will double check you have completed the entire course on the backend and create your personalized certificate of completion. We will email you your Certificate of Completion within one week of completing the course.  If you do not receive an email from us within 7 days of completing your course, do not hesitate to contact us.

How do I cancel my eTherapy course?

Unfortunately, if you are unable to complete this course for unforeseen circumstances, we are not able to provide you with a refund. We have to no way of assessing how much of the course you did or did not complete, and therefore cannot provide refunds. If you are not satisfied with this course, please email us at info@etherapyessentials.com and we will do our best to address your concerns.