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Reducing Fatigue and Improving Satisfaction (Yours and the Client’s) In Teletherapy

Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

Migraines, eye strain, earbud soreness, and screen fatigue are all real risks when you spend a lot of time interacting with people via a computer monitor. And there may even be more vaguely felt emotional pains that arise. So what’s a teletherapist to do? Just grin and bear it??

Luckily, most of the fatiguing parts of performing a lot of teletherapy can be mitigated with a combination of techniques, mindset, and a bit of new equipment (if you need it.) 

And the best part is that many of these changes are also shown by research to improve your clinical performance when delivering care via video conferencing. It’s a win-win!

This program will explore:

  • How your choice of computer monitor might be causing you pain (and reducing clinical effectiveness.)
  • How to sit and how to focus your gaze for better health and better care delivery.
  • Getting creative with using your video feed to make yourself and your client more comfortable.
  • When a phone session just might be a better idea.
  • Working with clients to make changes that help you do better work for them over video.

Speaker Biography:

Roy Huggins, LPC NCC, is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and makes it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.

Roy is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he teaches Ethics, and is a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He has co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.

He really likes this stuff.


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