Training Postgraduate Psychology Students to Deliver Psychological Services Online

Kerrie Shandley, Britt Klein, Michael Kyrios, David Austin, Lisa Chiechomski, Greg Murray

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Information and communication technologies are increasingly being used to remotely deliver psychological services. This delivery method confers clear advantages to both client and therapist, including the accessibility of services by otherwise unserved populations and cost-effective treatment. Remote services can be delivered in a real-time or delayed manner, providing clients with a wealth of therapy options not previously available. The proliferation of these services has outstripped the development and implementation of all but the most rudimentary of regulatory frameworks, potentially exposing clients to substandard psychological services. Integrating mandatory training on the delivery of online psychological services into accredited postgraduate psychology courses would aid in addressing this issue. The purpose of this article is to outline issues of consideration in the development and implementation of such a training programme. An online etherapy training programme developed by Swinburne University's National eTherapy Centre will be used as an example throughout.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-125
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Anxiety
  • CBT
  • Etherapy
  • Online training
  • Student
  • Therapy


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