Psychotherapy in the Internet age society
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Instytut Psychologii UJ
Submission date: 2014-11-03
Final revision date: 2015-01-22
Acceptance date: 2015-03-31
Publication date: 2015-06-21
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Wojciech Drath   

Instytut Psychologii UJ, Jerzmanowice 297, 32-048 Jerzmanowice, Polska
Psychoter 2015;173(2):15-22
The article regards a number of challenges for psychotherapy, posed by the dynamic development of the Internet and changes in the functioning of individuals and societies this causes. The author analyses the social role of psychotherapy - its tasks, the needs it fulfils, and the expectations it tries to meet. Subsequently, he refers to cultural changes related to the communication revolution, and points at areas which will require special attention in the coming years, so that psychotherapists are able to adjust their methods to a developing environment. In the light of contemporary research, the Internet appears to be both a source of danger to mental health, but equally - a space for utilising new methods of help. Making use of these possibilities, as the author claims, goes far beyond remote psychotherapy. It requires something more from help providers: understanding and considering the new types of human relationships which develop in communication facilitated by new media.
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