2.- Online, Remote and Virtual CBT Definitions
Remote, in the context of place and as defined by the Collins Dictionary, could be understood by areas that are far from place where people are more likely to live. However, in the context of working or learning is done from somewhere away from the usual place of work or learning, especially using a device connected to the internet.
Online, in the context of a business and as defined by the Collins Dictionary
, it is service that is available on the internet.
So far seems that Remote is about being away from somewhere and using the internet to do things, and Online, in the context of business is a service that can be access in the internet. And virtual, could be argued that is the could be the enviroment where therapy happens, therefore virtual room.
However, there is a nuance on these terms.
Let’s say, I could technically be remote working, offline, and then connecting online for other parts of my job or for a remote online meeting. Or I could be remote learning by reading articles that I have downloaded from online, yet at the time of reading I am offline. At the same time, I could be writing in an online learning forum about these articles.
There are two variables on here that are not accounted for and those are synchronous and asynchronous. Now we need to define these.
Synchronous: occurring at the same time.
Asynchronous: lack of synchronism, haha (sorry for the laughing, but it could have read “the opposite of the above) so not occurring at the same time.
These terms, in the context of therapy, mean whether the interaction is happening at the same time, whether you call it Remote CBT therapy or Online CBT therapy. Let’s see the examples:
Texting, Emailing or Recorded Videos that deliver CBT content online are access by you remotely, while online. These are examples of asynchronous Online CBT.
Telephone, video conference, face to face therapy, or texting and emailing (as long as these are done live and happen at the same time) are examples of synchronous CBT therapy.
I am finding difficult to decribed what Virtual CBT would be. As, it is my understanding that it is something that happens through internet, but unsure if in a virtual world or online/remotely. Having, looked at the definition, I would say Online therapy happens in a virtual consultation room, through a video conference call.