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Psychotherapy in times of COVID, a practical guide to providing online treatment
Friday, March 12, 2021, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT
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Psychotherapy in times of COVID, a practical guide to providing online treatment (2.5 Hours)

Dr. Carlos Canales, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, SEP™, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in private practice since 2011. He received his graduate degree from Rosemead School of Psychology in 2007. He is fluent in Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He has worked at multiple counseling centers such as the Biola Counseling Center, Fuller Psychological and Family Services, and the University of California–Davis Counseling and Psychological Center (UC-Davis, CAPS) for seven years. He has also worked in inpatient and outpatient hospitals and community mental health centers. He is bilingual and bicultural, and has developed an emphasis in the treatment of Latino/Latina clients and working with affect. He provided many psycho-educational workshops and seminars to university communities and various professional agencies, local hospitals, and professional conferences.

Dr. Canales has been facilitating a variety of psychotherapy groups for almost two decades, including a training group for psychotherapists. He served in the board for the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), Hispanic Educational Resources (HER), and currently serves in the Iowa Psychological Foundation (IPF) board. He is also a clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), organization that gave him the honor of fellowship (FAGPA), nomination for outstanding professional competence and leadership capacities. Dr. Canales is part of the distant learning committee of AGPA.

At Vida Psychotherapy, Dr. Canales treats individuals, couples, and families in addition to providing psychological testing and immigration reports. He also facilitates four psychotherapy, growth-oriented groups. He and his wife, Jen Canales, Ph.D., facilitate a couple workshop called Hold Me Tight periodically.

2.5 CE Hours available

March 12, 2021 | 12pm - 2:30pm CST

IPA Member: $62.50
IPA Lifetime Member: $37.50
IPA ECP Member: $37.50
IPA Student Member: $0
Non-Member: $87.50

Zoom: credentials will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

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About This Workshop

As the Covid-19 virus pandemic spread across the country, psychotherapists abruptly moved their sessions from in-person meetings to online platforms. Clinicians quickly resolved issues related to which online platform to use or how to adapt paperwork and contracts with clients. However, many continue to struggle with the impersonal nature of screen use, personal and collective biases around providing therapy online, the lack of actual f2f embodiment when providing treatment, and the other dynamics related to interventions or delivery of services. This workshop intends to refresh and upgrade the efficacy of psychotherapy services by focusing on practical guidelines related to the clinician’s intent, frame, presence, and attunement when practicing online. The first portion of the training will be didactic followed by a one-hour clinical demonstration and discussion.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Analyze the impact of their own biases regarding the use of computers to provide psychotherapy services.
  2. Describe, compare, and contrast experiences of therapists who have transitioned to online services successfully and unsuccessfully.
  3. Identify features that set the frame for more effective online therapy.
  4. List characteristics that foster presence, attunement, holding, and emotional regulation when working online.


  1. Kolmes, K. (2013). An introduction to APA’s Telepsychology Guidelines. California Psychologist, 46(6): 28.
  2. Luxton, D.D., Nelson, E., & Maheu, M.M. (2016). A practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
  3. Halliday, K. &  Prenn. (2020). See me, Feel Me: An AEDP Toolbox for Creating Therapeutic Presence Online. Transformance: The AEDP Journal. 10 (1).
  4. Weinberg, H. (2014). The paradox of Internet Groups: Alone in the presence of virtual others. London: Karnac.
  5. Weinberg, H., & Rolnick, A. (2019). The theory and practice of online therapy. New York: Routledge.

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Continuing Education

CE will be emailed to attendees who have completed the training evaluation.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

IPA will offer a full refund to registrants who cancel their registration 7 days prior to an event/course. If a registrant would like to cancel their registration within 7 days of the event, no refund will be offered.

Contact: Suzanne Hull, [email protected]