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Counseling on the Internet is alive and, in the opinion of some, well. The question is do counselors and other behavioral health professional want to take an active role in shaping this new avenue of the discipline, or can they afford to adopt a "wait and see" attitude? Professional counselors do have a duty to protect the public from the chicanery of unqualified Internet "therapists" while still allowing the consumer to exercise choice. This paper examines three areas of current concern: the tension between the advantages and disadvantages of counseling online; the modalities currently utilized to deliver counseling online; and some of the issues surrounding the need for regulation of online counseling. (Author)

Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Certification, Counselors, Delivery Systems, Ethics, Internet, Legislation











Author: Sussman, R. J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5848&id=ED478216







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