The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on counselling practitioner training, resulting in a need for trainers to quickly adapt to delivering teaching via online platforms.

As trainers plan for the new autumn term, the potential prospect of delivering all aspects of practitioner training online is for many, a daunting one.

Join Peter Pearce, Lorraine Munro and Kate Anthony as they discuss and share techniques for teaching and supporting students via digital platforms. They identify key areas to consider and will engage with the potentiality and pitfalls of teaching through digital platforms.


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About the presenters

Kate Anthony

Dr Kate Anthony is a Fellow of BACP, is CEO and co-founder of the Online Therapy Institute, and is Head of Ethics for the e-clinic Her doctoral thesis Developing Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Age of Technology and the Internet was awarded by Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University in 2010. She is author or co-editor of five textbooks on the field, as well as contributing many articles and chapters over the last 20+ years. Her core MSc training was with Greenwich University, and she also has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Kate’s Certified Cyber Therapist course is available at, and is also available as a Young People specialism. OTI also offers training in Online Supervision, Group Work, Coaching and Virtual Reality. Kate was co-author of all three editions of the BACP Guidelines for Working Online (2001;2005;2009), including Online Supervision, and is currently on the BACP Digital Technologies Expert Reference Group.

Kate, with her partner Dr Stephen Goss of Metanoia Institute, has upskilled nearly 13000 practitioners to work online since lockdown began as a result of COVID19 - offered free of financial obligation to the profession. She lives near Uxbridge in London on a widebeam barge on the Grand Union Canal.

Peter Pearce

Peter is Faculty Head for the Faculty 3 (Applied Social and Organisational Sciences) at Metanoia Institute which contains a range of post qualification, career development pathway courses for counsellors. He has a long background in therapeutic practice, supervision, training and innovation in the UK and internationally, is author of several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books and is active both as a researcher and in the development of the profession. For example, he was a member of the QAA subject benchmarking group for counselling, led the Metanoia team that collaborated with BACP to develop and write the National Curriculum for Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD), now one of the NICE recommended, IAPT compliant, evidence-based approaches for responding to depression in the NHS and was Clinical Lead for the ESRC funded, ETHOS Study, a randomised controlled trial of school-based counselling.
He is currently an Expert Reference Group (ERG) member for the Digital Technology for Counsellors ERG, helped adapt Metanoia Faculty 3 courses for online delivery during the pandemic and has recently developed a specialist PGCertHE teaching qualification in the training of counsellors and psychotherapists which is due to begin in academic year 20/21. He has four young daughters and a son.

Lorraine Munro

Lorraine Munro (MA Counselling, Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy, PCE-CfD practitioner and supervisor)
Psychotherapist/ Supervisor and Lead Tutor on PCE-CfD programme at Metanoia.

Lorraine has been working as a Psychotherapist and trainer since the 80s. Over the last three decades she has been a Primary tutor (and Programme Leader for a while) within the Person Centred, BACP Accredited Courses up to MSc level, at the Metanoia Institute. She has run her clinical practice alongside this, working predominantly within NHS, Educational and Charity Sector counselling services and holding a small private practice offering therapy and supervision. Over the last decade she has also been Lead Tutor for the PCE-CfD training programme as developed by BACP and Metanoia to support NHS counsellors to become IAPT validated.
In the face of the Covid pandemic, she continues to input online into the BACP accredited Person Centred MSC at Metanoia and has also now delivered three PCE-CfD training programmes online for IAPT Counsellors. She has moved her own counselling and supervision practice to online and telephone and has been supporting both counselling students and counsellors within the NHS to make this transition also.
She manages the challenges that working in this new way pose through paying attention to her work/leisure balance and walking her gorgeous cockapoo in the equally gorgeous Somerset countryside!

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