ERIC Number: ED442067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Technology and the Continuing Education of Professional Counselors.
Leary, Pamela S.
The counseling profession is at the beginning of a growing trend to utilize computer technology for a widening variety of needs. One of the most important needs is for the delivery of accessible and affordable continuing education. Another need is for more on-line continuing education programs on a wider variety of topics. Transmission and storage of continuing education credits are also areas of need that are currently not being widely addressed. Increasing use of the Internet for continuing education purposes will not diminish the need for live conferences and training but may alter their format to accommodate the need for Internet transmission. This chapter first discusses the history and trends in continuing education in the counseling profession, focusing on home study programs with particular attention to Web-based continuing education. Web sites are then listed and briefly reviewed. Recommendations for those developing continuing education related programs and services are provided. Guidelines for creating continuing education programs on the Internet include surfing to determine what is currently being offered, clear identification, and simple instruction and navigation. Guidelines for continuing education services such as credit storage banks include researching for similar services, carefully gauging financial and staff resources, and getting expert advice on future trends. (MKA)
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Guidelines, Home Study, Professional Development, Technology, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($29.95). Also available through ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Ferguson Building, P.O. Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402-6171; Tel: 800-414-9769 (Toll Free); Fax: 336-334-4116; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://ericcass.uncg.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Note: In: Cybercounseling and Cyberlearning: Strategies and Resources for the Millennium; see CG 030 191.