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  • 1. Counseling Technology
    It’s used everywhere!
    Matthew Moulton
  • 2. Common uses of Technology in Counseling
    • Student education programs
    • 3. Student accountability
    • 4. Counselor organization
    • 5. Personal records
    • 6. Business records
    • 7. Parent/guardian contact
    • 8. Email
    • 9. Blogs
    • 10. Social Networking
  • Student education programs
    Common uses for student education programs can include in class activities as well as out of class opportunities for personal advancement through a counseling program
    In Class:
    • Power point presentations
    • 11. Accessing relevant web content
    • 12. Videos
    • 13. websites
  • Student Education programs
    Out of class opportunities:
    • Remedial Tutorial Programs
    • 14. Enrichment Tutorial Programs
    • 15. Scholarship opportunity websites
    • 16. Virtual college tours
  • Student accountability
    The New School Counselor says that Reform-minded school counselors and counselor educators make use of technology as a vehicle to fortify accountability.
    By using different software to monitor student’s grades a counselor can keep track of:
    • At-risk students in order to plot a course for change
    • 17. Individual personal student’s goals and their success
    • 18. Web activity while using the schools computer system
  • Counselor Organization
    Wittmer says
    School counselors are increasingly being held responsible for knowing and keeping track of all sorts of information such as student records, student contacts, parent conferences, case notes, counseling schedules, accountability data, list of tasks, and sometimes grades. Without the help of technology, counselors may feel overwhelmed, unorganized, or lost as a result of the sheer quantity of information. Consequently, effectiveness and motivation could suffer.
    Wittmer, J. (2000). Managing your school counseling program: K-12 developmental strategies (second edition). Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.
  • 19. Organizational Software
    Check out these sites for some Counselor Organization Software!
    Helper.com
    TheraScribe
    Penelope Cae Management
  • 20. Parent/guardian contact
    Getting in touch with a student’s parent/guardian is not simply something to do when a child is in trouble. Parent/Guardians always love to hear about how awesome there kid is.
    Technology is being used to stay in contact with parent/guardians like never before.
    Some examples:
  • Where to now?
    It is well documented that the uses of technology are many and a counselor who does not pursue those avenues will be at a great loss.
    Wittmerstated perfectly that “Although computers and related technologies are rapidly changing, one fact remains constant — counselors who resist the new tools of this and future centuries will find it increasingly more difficult to do so”
    Wittmer, J. (2000). Managing your school counseling program: K-12 developmental strategies (second edition). Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.
  • 24. References
    Creamer, M. (N.D.). Technology utilization in the field of counseling. Unpublished manuscript,Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga. Retrieved fromhttp://teach.valdosta.edu/are/Litreviews/vol1no1/creamer_litr.pdf
    Hayden, L., Poynton, T., & Sabella, R. (2008). School counselors' use of technology within theascanational model's delivery system. Journal of Technology, 5(1), Retrieved from http://jtc.colstate.edu/Vol5_1/Hayden.htm
    Wittmer, J. (2000). Managing your school counseling program: K-12 developmental strategies(second edition). Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation.