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Technology in school counseling

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Technology in school counseling

  1. 1. Technology in School Counseling<br />By: Marybel Medina<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Advantages of Using Technology with Students<br />Ideas for:<br />High school counselors<br />Middle school counselors<br />Elementary school counselors<br />Using Technology for Personal Growth <br />2005 Code of Ethics <br />Confidentiality Issues<br />Resources<br />
  3. 3. Quote<br />Hayden, Poynton, and Sabella (2008) state, “since counselors play an important role in shaping students’ ability to learn, communicate, and share information with others, school counselors would be well served to understand how technology can enhance their work” (p. 1). <br />
  4. 4. Ideas for High School<br />Career Planning for Students<br />University Tours Online<br />Streaming Videos<br />Create Music <br />Presentations on variety of student issues:<br />drug use<br />bullying<br /> grades<br />self-esteem<br /> eating disorders<br />
  5. 5. Ideas for Middle School<br />Interactive Presentations<br />Online resources<br />Multicultural Education<br />Streaming Videos<br />Presentations on variety of student issues:<br /> bullying<br /> grades<br /> self-esteem<br /> friends & fitting in<br />parental relationships<br />
  6. 6. Ideas for Elem. School<br />Interactive Presentations<br />Educational websites & games<br />Pen Pals in other countries<br />Multicultural Education<br />Streaming Videos<br />
  7. 7. Advantages<br />Eager to participate<br />Positive student associations with technology<br />Less resistance to learning<br />Addresses all learning modalities<br />Individualized learning<br />Ability to retry failures without embarrassment<br />Wealth of resources of available<br />Collaboration with colleagues<br />
  8. 8. Professional Growth<br />Computer-assisted live supervision<br />Counselor training<br />Counseling simulations<br />Career development<br />Internet research<br />Assessment<br />Scheduling services<br />Networking<br />Counseling activity logs<br />Record keeping <br />
  9. 9. Confidentiality Concerns<br />Password protect client files for their security.<br />Change passwords frequently<br />Do not leave client information visible for others to see.<br />Client records can be subpoenaed so be careful of what you include in your files.<br />Do not accept email referrals from teachers, parents, or staff members.<br />
  10. 10. ASCA Code of Ethics<br />The 2005 ACA Code of Ethics Standard A.12. deals with <br />Technology Applications. <br />These are the ones pertinent to school counselors: <br />A.12.a. Benefits and Limitations<br />Counselors inform clients of the benefits and limitations of using information technology applications in the counseling process and in business/billing procedures. Such technologies include but are not limited to computer hardware and software, telephones, the<br /> World Wide Web, the Internet, online assessment instruments, and other communication devices.<br />A.12.e. Laws and Statutes<br /> Counselors ensure that the use of technology does not violate the laws<br /> of any local, state, national, or international entity and observe all<br /> relevant statutes.<br />A.12.f. Assistance<br /> Counselors seek business, legal, and technical assistance when using technology applications, particularly when the use of such applications<br /> crosses state or national boundaries.<br />
  11. 11. ASCA Code of Ethics<br />A.12.h. Sites on the World Wide Web<br /> Counselors maintaining sites on the World Wide Web (the Internet) do<br /> the following:<br /> 1. Regularly check that electronic links are working and professionally appropriate.<br /> 2. Establish ways clients can contact the counselor in case of <br /> technology failure.<br /> 3. Provide electronic links to relevant state licensure and professional certification boards to protect consumer rights and facilitate <br /> addressing ethical concerns.<br /> 4. Establish a method for verifying client identity.<br /> 5. Obtain the written consent of the legal guardian or other authorized <br /> legal representative prior to rendering services in the event the client is <br /> a minor child, an adult who is legally incompetent, or an adult <br /> incapable of giving informed consent.<br /> 6. Strive to provide a site that is accessible to persons with disabilities.<br /> 7. Strive to provide translation capabilities for clients who have a<br /> different primary language while also addressing the imperfect nature of such translations.<br /> 8. Assist clients in determining the validity and reliability of information found on the World Wide Web and other technology applications.<br />
  12. 12. Quote<br />“The school counseling profession must continue to understand how particular technologies may be best suited for effectively fulfilling our unique duties within the high-pressured and high-stakes world of education” (Hyden, Poyton, & Sabella, 2008, p. 10).<br />
  13. 13. Resources<br />schoolcounselor.com<br />Journal of Technology in Counseling<br />School Counselor Resources<br />The School Counselor Toolkit<br />American School Counselor Association<br />

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