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A presentation on the latest conseling trends: E-Counseling and E-Therapy.

A presentation on the latest conseling trends: E-Counseling and E-Therapy.

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  • 1. Counseling and Technology
    Application of Technology in Counseling
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  • 2. Counseling and Technology
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    • Mental health counselors and therapists utilize the Internet to offer mental health advice,
    • 3. Therapists can respond to specific questions or concerns posed by online clients through electronic mail.
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    • Various methods of e-counseling include email, chat, web-based messaging, and video-conferencing.
    • 4. Email is the easiest method of e counseling primarily because people with different time schedules can get their questions answered
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    • Chat is another way for individual as well as group counseling sessions.
    • 5. All the participants have to be signed in at the same time.
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    • Web-based messaging is greatly utilized because it allows the counselor and the client to interact in a secure, web-based environment using a third-party host (Zamani, 2009).
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    • Video conferencing allow participants to see and talk to each other, giving the therapist the opportunity to observe non-verbal expressions and language of clients.
    • 6. E-counseling allows clients to eliminate the need for long commuting and waiting in the counselor’s office, thus saving the client time
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    • Easy access to e-counseling tools allows the clients to let out their feelings when they are disturbed by problems and concerns.
    • 7. E-counsel allows people to avoid the perceived or real stigma of dealing with mental or emotional issues with a therapist or a counselor.
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    • There is growing evidence based on research that support the effectiveness of online support groups combined with other therapeutic interventions
    • 8. E-therapy is found to be more effective for mid-grade adults than younger and older populations (Barak, et al. 2008 as cited by Labardee, 2009).
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    • The limitations of e-counseling include miscommunication and difficulty of counselor fully understanding the client’s problems due to lack of non-verbal communication.
    • 9. The counselors may not be able to get enough data to do the assessment and thus misdiagnose the disorder the client is experiencing.
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    • Another area of concern is counselors’ compliance with ethical standards.
    • 10. There is a tendency to ignore the intake process in e-counseling as opposed to traditional counseling (Labardee, 2009).
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    • There is indication that many counselors do not verify the age of consent for clients when counseling through internet.
    • 11. Even with such concerns, e-counseling is a growing trend affecting the practice and profession of counseling.