ERIC Number: ED304619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-8
Counselor Computer Competence: Future Agenda for Counselor Educators.
Dickel, C. Timothy
This paper asserts that the computer has become an integral part of communication within the world culture and that it has tremendous utility for the counseling profession. Counselor educators are encouraged to incorporate computer competence into their curriculum. This report is divided into four parts. First, there is a brief discussion of the concept of computer competence which emphasizes that it is really computer fluency that counselor educators should be after as an attribute for their graduates. Next, there is an overview of five common computer applications (word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, desktop publishing, and electronic telecommunications/data communications). The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) curricular areas are presented with suggestions for computer assignments within each of these areas: (1) human growth and development; (2) social and cultural foundations; (3) the helping relationship; (4) groups; (5) lifestyle and career development; (6) appraisal of the individual; (7) research and evaluation; and (8) professional orientation. Finally, a number of special topics are discussed that can have current and future benefits from the infusion of computer competence into the counselor education process. These include hypertext, statistics packages, networking, artificial intelligence, CD-ROM (compact disk read only memory), and computer-assisted instruction. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (1st, St. Louis, MO, October, 1988).