Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


AUT leads the way in online counselling

AUT leads the way in online counselling

AUT launches a free online counselling service on Thursday, September 1 2005, a first among New Zealand universities.

Students and staff anywhere in New Zealand or the world can access the service via the Internet and counselling sessions take place by email, live chat or a combination of both.

AUT counsellor and Public Health/Psychosocial Studies lecturer Leon Tan developed the initiative after research completed by fellow staff member Amanda Lees in 2004 confirmed its feasibility.

“Online counselling offers many advantages over traditional face-to-face counselling, and it’s appropriate that AUT as an innovative university leads the way,” says Mr Tan.

Benefits include breaking down physical mobility and geographical barriers, providing flexible appointment times and ease of use for the hearing impaired.

“Many people find it easier to discuss significant issues without someone sitting in front of them,” says Mr Tan. “They can express their feelings openly online from the comfort of their own home or office.”

Online counselling offers more privacy than face-to-face counselling, he says, as there are fewer intermediaries such as receptionists. It also gives people a chance to reflect on their comments.

“Clients and counsellors have the luxury of thinking about their reactions and emotions before sending the email.”

Next year AUT will introduce two online counselling papers and become the first university in Australasia to offer these entirely via the Internet.

“These papers will be suitable for those training to work in mental health and the wider health sciences and existing health professionals,” says Mr Tan. “Also, the papers will be flexible enough to fit into any schedule.”

Online counselling and psychotherapy is gaining increasing acceptance from health professionals and new techniques, such as smoking cessation support via text messages, have proved successful.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news