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ERIC Number: ED442051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Internet: Blessing or Bane for the Counseling Profession?
Harris-Bowlsbey, JoAnn
The phenomenal growth in the use of the Internet over the past 5 years has revolutionized work tasks in hundreds of occupations. Counselors must adequately recognize the potential impact of the Internet on counseling and related professions, especially career counseling, and invest the energy necessary to make that impact positive because it appears the impact is inevitable. This chapter examines expectations the counseling profession might have about the Internet phenomenon and looks to the history of computer-based career planning systems for relevant questions they might ask. It also explores the hopes counselors have for the expansion of counseling and guidance services to a large and geographically distributed population in need of services through the use of distance technology. Noted are challenges that should be foremost in counselors' minds. Some of these challenges include the quality of Web sites; interaction with clients "on-line"; and counselors who will work with clients in technology-driven modes. The chapter concludes by proposing several possible ways to take the next steps in developing ethics and standards of quality as well as engaging in new areas of counselor training and research. (MKA)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
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