Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Couple and Family Therapy in the Digital Era

  • Maria BorcsaEmail author
  • Valeria Pomini
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1069


Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have deeply changed the way people communicate and relate in their personal and professional lives. The use of ICTs influences not only family life and all kind of relationships; it also introduces new interactional modalities in a wide range of social practices, including health services and education. Moreover, ICTs have created new relational models based on a networked society.

This article presents some significant topics for couple and family therapists in the digital era: ICTs and relationships, e-mental health and couple/family therapy (CFT), online supervision, online training and training on ICT use, as well as ethical and legal issues.

ICTs and Relationships

One key research question in the field is whether ICTs are used to sustain preexisting connections or to establish relationships that start online and then move offline (Chambers 2013). Despite the option of being potentially linked with a large number of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences NordhausenNordhausenGermany
  2. 2.First Department of PsychiatryNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Maria Borcsa
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences NordhausenNordhausenGermany