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Internet counseling

  1. 1. Internet Counseling Ehab A. Mustafa COUN 6031
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>There are new professions that are utilizing the internet for conducting business everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>The idea of receiving therapy from a counselor remotely is not necessarily a new idea. </li></ul><ul><li>There have been counseling hotlines for quite a long time helping people for different problems they might encounter. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction (cont.) <ul><li>Suicide and pregnancy hotlines are some examples. </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling has jumped on the bandwagon of utilizing the internet as well for delivery of therapy to clients. </li></ul><ul><li>Today the internet can connect a licensed therapist with a patient remotely. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Today the internet can connect a licensed therapist with a patient remotely. </li></ul><ul><li>Therapy can be conducted through email, videoconferencing, and/or chat rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Clients seeking immediate help can connect to a live therapist through online therapy websites. </li></ul>Introduction (cont.)
  5. 5. Advantages <ul><li>One of the major benefits of online therapy is “anonymity.” </li></ul><ul><li>Another advantage is the convenience of not having to travel to the counselor’s office to receive therapy. </li></ul><ul><li>This can be a big benefit for clients who are physically disabled, are under time constrictions (such as single parents), or are suffering from phobias that may inhibit them from getting therapy outside their own homes. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Disadvantages <ul><li>The biggest disadvantage to online counseling is that the counselor has a limited view of the client’s expressions and body movement that can bring clues to their mental status and reactions to what is being discussed. </li></ul><ul><li>Although this is not necessarily the case during a videoconferencing session, the counselor may not be able to see the client’s whole body, but just the client’s face or upper body, depending on how the client has the camera angled. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ethical Considerations <ul><li>Client confidentiality </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of the client </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying credentials of the counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Technological limitations to online counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Professional accountability </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>Internet counseling can be the wave of the future. </li></ul><ul><li>This can be a very useful tool. </li></ul><ul><li>There are some research studies showing the efficacy of internet counseling, with positive results, but there are no studies comparing the efficacy of internet counseling vs. face-to-face counseling. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Conclusion (cont.) <ul><li>This is an area that needs further studies. For people needing immediate assistance to a crisis in their life, internet counseling is a great way to receive immediate help while finding a counselor/therapist for long-term help. </li></ul>
  10. 10. References <ul><li>Landau, E. (2009). Therapy online: Good as face to face ? Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/31/online.internet.therapy.cbt/index.html. </li></ul><ul><li>National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. & Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (n.d.). The practice of internet counseling . Retrieved from http://www.nbcc.org/assetmanagerfiles/ethics/internetcounseling.pdf . </li></ul><ul><li>Sutton, D (2010). What is internet counseling ? Retrieved from http://counseling.suite101.com/article.cfm/internet-counseling . </li></ul>

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