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The Practical Aspects of Online Counseling: Ethics, Training, Technology, and Competency

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About the Course

This course is based upon an article published in the November 2005 issue of The Counseling Psychologist journal. This course covers the growth of online counseling, related ethical dilemmas, and practical approaches for addressing these ethical dilemmas. The course also provides ideas for addressing various aspects of equipping professionals for delivering online mental health services. The material explores multiple aspects of online counseling including supervision, marketing, access, limits of use, and many challenges that may be presented to practitioner engaging in online counseling.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, The Practical Aspects of Online Counseling: Ethics, Training, Technology, and Competency created by David L. Vogel, Aaron B. Rochlen, and Michael J. Mallen


The Counseling Psychologist

Publication Date:

November 2005/Volume 33, Number 6

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

David L. Vogel

Iowa State University

Aaron B. Rochlen

University of Texas-Austin

Michael J. Mallen

Iowa State University

Course Creator

Recommended For:

This beginning to intermediate level course is designed for counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals who are likely to gain professionally from increased knowledge in the area of distance technology in counseling.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the legal and ethical issues presented by engaging in online counseling.
  2. Illustrate scenarios and dialogue examples that can contribute to complexity in online counseling.
  3. Understand practical applications for overcoming challenges to online counseling scenarios including specific activities to diminish difficulties with clients.
  4. Identify the current level of research and date available regarding the effectiveness and availability of online counseling services.
  5. Demonstrate potential barriers to the use of online and counseling and develop knowledge for overcoming those barriers.
  6. Demonstrate the potential strengths of online counseling while contrasting those strengths with potential weakness of this intervention form.

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 101949
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