Counselors and therapists have been increasingly adopting telehealth in their work, especially as we've adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is unlikely that telehealth will ever entirely replace in-person work, it is certainly here to stay. As a gift to the counseling community, Meeting Point Counseling makes this collection of online tools freely available (under the MIT open source software license) to support your online and in-person work.
Note: I make no claims or statements about the use of these tools for treatment or diagnosis. They are provided "as is" under The MIT Open Source License, without warranty of any kind, express or implied.
This online motivational interviewing values card sort is based on the public domain Personal Values Card Sort by W.R. Miller et al, University of New Mexico, 2001. The tool includes basic instructions for use. You can find a more detailed procedure for values card sorts and a description of their use in values exploration and motivational interviewing in Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change by W. R. Miller & S. Rollnick (2013, 3rd ed., Guilford Press).
This online ACT values card sort is based on the Forty Common Values: A checklist posting made by Russ Harris in the ACT Made Simple - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Health Professionals facebook group on June 8, 2021. It was adapted to this online card sort version with Russ Harris' permission. The tool includes basic instructions for use. You can find more information about values and ACT at the Association for Contextual Behavior Science and Russ Harris there.
The Session Timer provides a visual reminder when a session is about to start, is nearing completion, or over. When doing telehealth sessions, I use it on a second screen next to my main monitor to provide a visual cue to where we are in the scheduled time. You may also find it handy for in-person sessions if you have a monitor, phone, or tablet, that you (and maybe your clients) can see. Here's how it works:
If you have an idea for improvements to these tools, would like to use a different set of values cards, are interested in custom tools for your website or practice, or are interested in connecting, please contact me.
Privacy and confidentiality are vital considerations in counseling and therapy - and doubly so for online tools. To ensure privacy, these tools are designed to support and respect users' privacy.