Practicing Psychology Online

Saturday the 14th of November 10am to 1pm

This interactive workshop focuses on the practicalities of facilitating psychological consultancy online.

This practical workshop will introduce some of the key factors that relate to practicing psychology online, and will assist participants in considering how best they can optimise their practice in the context of both increasing technological development in society as well as current public health concerns around close physical contact.


The workshop will consist of two parts. The first session will introduce technology in practice, overviewing some its roles as they relate to specific types of practice, and focusing specifically on the current trends and future directions for practicing psychology online as an addition to, or an alternative to, in person consultancy. At the core of this session will be a consideration of suitability, with attention given to client/patient, practitioner, insurance and other factors.


The second session will focus on the practical mechanics of meeting with clients remotely, looking at what equipment to use and how to professionally set up audio, camera and lighting. Participants will be introduced to some of the most popular options for software/methods of communicating including video, telephone and messaging-based systems. Finally, consideration will be given as to how to port existing clinical processes, workflows, worksheets, forms etc into a remote setting.


The workshop will combine presentations on these topics with open-format Q&A and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to take a critical mindset to both online practice, as well as traditional in person methods, in order to develop a model of practice that is a good fit for client/patient need as well as the practitioner’s own competencies/style. Notes will be provided outlining the key themes covered, along with references to supporting software and resources.


Workshop Outline – Practicing Psychology Online:

Part 1

  • Technology in practice: background & overview
  • Online consultancy for psychologists: current trends, future directions
  • Assessing suitability: considering risk, insurance, inter-jurisdictional practice, privacy, rapport, boundaries, contingencies

Part 2

  • Equipment and setup: audio, camera, lighting
  • Software and settings: phone, video, messaging
  • Protocols: adapting, creating, worksheets, forms



Participants will learn the latest methods of utilising technology in psychological practice, as well as become more conscious of some of the practical considerations of doing so. They will be encouraged to take a critical mindset to both online practice, as well as traditional in person methods, in order to develop a model of practice that is a good fit for client/patient need as well as the practitioner’s own competencies/style.


Dr John Francis Leader is a consulting psychologist and cognitive scientist who specialises in the intersection of psychology and technology. His practice and research focus on experiential learning and mixed reality therapy; assisting people in successfully navigating the physical, the virtual and the imaginary1.

John spends his time between training, consultancy and therapeutic work in private practice, and academic research which he conducts from the Media & Entertainment Psychology Lab at the Psychology Department, and the Cognitive Science Programme, at University College Dublin where he is an Adjunct Research Fellow. By combining multimedia techniques with current psychological research, John’s work aims to make therapy more fun, immersive and effective—a type of theme park meets therapy experience2.

As part of his applied work John builds multimedia installations: his latest piece is an ex-military 1976 Series III Land Rover fitted with a virtual reality system that overlays a graphically-rendered version of the vehicle’s interior. A motion tracker mounted to the steering wheel allows participants to explore learning-relevant worlds whilst using the act of steering as a metaphor for developing control in their own lives2.

John holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from University College Dublin, as well as a BA Honours Degree in Psychology and Diplomas in Psychology and Psychotherapy. He is member in good standing of a number of professional societies including the American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland.

John has a background in radio, television and filmmaking and regularly contributes to discussions about wellbeing, how we engage with technology, and personal leadership in the media, and he delivers keynote speeches3 and conducts organisational training programmes around these topics. He is the host of #bodymindself, available on Youtube4, SoundCloud5 and iTunes6.


Non-PSI members €60

PSI members €50

SIGPPP members €40




1 Website

2 Research

3 TEDx Talk

4 YouTube Channel

5 Soundcloud Feed

6 iTunes Podcast


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