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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, The Practical Aspects of Online Counseling: Ethics, Training, Technology, and Competency created by David L. Vogel, Aaron B. Rochlen, and Michael J. Mallen in 0.


The Counseling Psychologist

Publication Date:

November 2005/Volume 33, Number 6

Course Material Authors

David L. Vogel

Iowa State University

Aaron B. Rochlen

University of Texas-Austin

Michael J. Mallen

Iowa State University

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

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:

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

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Course Retired
Course Number 101949
3 credit hours
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