Time Zones, Cyberspace, and Cell Phones: Uses for Technology in Consulting

Lois Butcher-Poffley, Temple University, USA
Kathryn Longshore, Temple University, USA
Lindsey McGuire, Temple University, USA
Elaine O'Brien, Temple University / Positive Fit Lab, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-01

Presentation: October 2, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: Jasperwood


Whether we choose to be or not, we are in the digital age. This symposium examines the use of technology to navigate cyberspace, time travel, and communication with clients on the opposite side of the globe with the proverbial touch of a button. The digital age has brought consulting into a new realm, and that new realm has brought with it some unique challenges. Blogging, texting, Skype-ing, Teamer, and e-mail are the new mediums for communicating information, and we can also tweet it, pin-it, reddit, and Facebook it, should we so choose. As sport psychology professionals we have the technology, but it can be overwhelming. Now our imperative as consultants is to learn how to navigate use of these mediums in the most effective way possible. This symposium will look at consultants’ experiences using different technological outlets in their individual practices. The focus of each segment will be the challenges faced and solutions developed by the consultant through individual experience using various technological mediums. Given this is such a new frontier with so much to consider in the ways to use it, a discussion of best practices will be included in each segment of the symposium. Additional topics include international consulting, blogging and marketing, text and e-mail consulting, and the appropriate “netiquette” and ethical use for electronic transmissions, telecommunications, and telehealth records.

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