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Jane Evans MA BACP Registered Member (Snr Accred) and UK Registered Independent Practitioner

I am a Senior BACP accredited Therapist providing a confidential and professional service to clients, counsellors, and students, since 1995. I was an executive member of ACTO for the full term of 7 years (2008-2015). I am also a director/organising member of the annual OCTIA conferences (Online Counselling and Training in Action), which has been co-hosted in partnership with BACP in past years. During 2017 the OCTIA directors resumed their individual status for delivery of this conference. The 2018 conference was held in Manchester. The 2019 conference is scheduled for October 2019 (venue to be confirmed).
OCST is an approved ACTO Training Provider and Successful completion of OCST1 or OCST2 Diploma courses will allow you to register for Professional Membership of ACTO. (Each course provides 100 hours of CPD)





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Online Counselling Skills Training Courses

There are two variations in the Modular Diploma Courses for online counselling training UK, which are available with OCST. OCST training programmes are listed on the ACTO website as approved training for practising via the internet:
The OCST 1 and OCST 2 course.

Both Diploma level courses are structured in a way that enables students to study and practice using computer mediated counselling skills using a variety of communication platforms, promoting understanding of professional,ethical, legal requirements for this medium of therapeutic practice,and building computer mediated therapeutic relationships. Successful completion of either training route equips students with all necessary skills and knowledge to begin practicing with clients via the internet. Both programmes are included on the ACTO directory for approved counselling training.

Subject content for both courses includes:
•The evolution of e-therapy and it’s subsequent benefits to clients

•The importance of developing a professional and effective e- presence

•Marketing your Internet based counselling services (including website development)

•Online assessment and Contracting

•The practical skills required for working with clients, including :
Email work
SMS
Voice only
Webcam and voice

•Practical application of skills by responding to simulated client material and also working in role with other OCST students as both ‘client’ and ‘counsellor’ over a sequence of 10 role play sessions

•Risk assessment and onward referral

•Considerations for responsible practice and building an online presence- Ethical and legal considerations

•Online client reviews and service evaluation

•Closure in online relationships




If you are looking for a course to provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge for working establishing your e-practice with both the OCST1 and OCST2 Diploma courses cover all the key areas. The programmes include skills for offering therapy to clients by email, IM, and webcam.
One of the distinct benefits of the OCST online counselling training UK courses is learning in small groups(OCST 2 Diploma Course), or individually with the tutor (OCST 1 Diploma course). The OCST1 course, offers an experiential individual learning programme, with start dates throughout the year to suit your availability. Online supervision for role play activities is included within the training programme.
The tutor has been in practice with e-clients since 2005 and providing the OCST training since 2007.

On both the OCST1 and OCTS2 programmes delegates gain valuable practical experience by working with simulated case work and role play clients. Students of online counselling training UK complete all aspects of study by distance learning which is supported by weekly course meetings with the tutor, using Skype. You can choose which course will best suit your needs,availability, and time commitments. Both the OCST1 and OCST2 courses provides students with all the necessary skills and Knowledge to begin practice with clients online. Each course offers 100 hours of CPD.

The OCST2 course, involves an experiential shared group experience with specific start dates throughout the calendar year.

The date of the next OCST 2 group course is on Saturday January 12th 2019 Enrollment for this course is open.


A sample of OCST 1 and OCST2 Delegate feedback-
"I enjoyed working with Jane during our course meetings. The course is very comprehensive, and I learned everything the guide she provided said I would plus my face-to-face skills also improved. I learned in such a way that the new knowledge and skills stayed with me, helping me start and run a successful private practice with confidence.

I found Jane very easy to get on with as the warmth of her personality was quite tangible in our instant messaging calls and emails, she was kind when I made mistakes. This, I feel, makes her way of working with others a helpful model for my own practice.

I would thoroughly recommend working with her as an online tutor in the well-designed courses she offers."

Mike Underwood Liberate Counselling


" I work within a charity that involves seeing men and women face-to-face regarding pregnancy crisis and pregnancy loss. Because of the nature of crisis and loss, it can be difficult for people to seek a face-to-face encounter particularly when intense emotions are often the presenting problem. I value this online training course in all of its aspects; the programme itself which enabled me, step by step, to be able to train as an online counsellor as well as the variety of appropriate material and the practice with other students in roleplay. I believe this is a well- designed course that enables someone such as myself with little tech. knowledge to be able to feel confident and competent to now use this training within the scope of what I do."

"Nearing the end of my Counselling Psychology training I realised there was a hole in my knowledge regarding working online and an expectation to consider it. The OCST training expertly filled the gap and through experiential learning techniques helped me understand what was involved’ ethically, legally and practice wise, to adapt the skills I had and giving me confidence to practice new ones. I would highly recommend the course for anyone considering becoming an online therapist and cannot imagine how anyone could practice safely or competently without taking a course of this type."
Further reviews by students who have participated in the OCST programmes can be located on the OCST course endorsement page

Where organisations are seeking group training activities in this field of practice, which are tailor made to meet their requirements, I can provide details upon request.
I also offer consultancy services for individual practitioners and organisations who are intending to establish a computer mediated therapeutic service for clients. OCST provides training opportunities for those who are new to working with clients using this medium, and also for professionals who wish to extend their existing knowledge and experience.


Further information relating to the range of OCST courses for computer mediated counselling are located on the Online Therapy Training page


One day workshops held on Saturdays via Skype
Introduction to Computer Mediated Therapy Skills - The next one day workshop will be held on Saturday February 23rd 2019

Working with Groups using computer mediated technology- The next workshop will be held on Saturday February 2nd 2019

Online supervision UK- The next workshop will be held during February 2019


Articles written by Jane Evans and available from the AUCC (Association for University and College Counselling)

A Guide to Developing and Piloting computer mediated therapy within Universities and FE Colleges

A 'Pull out Guide' to delivering a computer mediated therapeutic service within HE and FE

I have also written a book which was published by Sage in November 2009, titled 'Online Counselling and Guidance Skills: A Practical Resource for Trainees and Practitioners'.
Copies can be purchased from Amazon Uk: Purchase a copy



Please contact me if you would like any further information on online counselling uk, online counselling supervision uk, online counselling training uk, Online Counselling Supervision training courses which I provide: Contact Jane Evans

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