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ERIC Number: ED442069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Cybercounseling and Regulations: Quagmire or Quest?
Hughes, Rosemarie Scotti
Regulation of on-line counseling is a complex issue. In telemedicine, some have advocated an international worldwide license. The hurdles are many, such as accommodating the variety of educational standards and legal codes, not to mention determining who will administer this license. It seems that a start might be national counselor certification in cybercounseling, with states accepting that certificate and thus allowing their already licensed counselors to participate in cybercounseling, with the counselor subject to the jurisdiction of the state of license. This chapter discusses the field of telemedicine and its implications for cybercounseling. It then explores central ethical issues in cybercounseling, such as whether or not cybercounseling is really counseling, truth in advertising, confidentiality, duty to warn, competence, and dual relationships. The chapter also discusses current guidelines, distance education, and licensure as they relate to state regulation of cybercounseling. Finally, strategies for the future are explored. These strategies involve underserved populations, state Web sites, professional associations, supplemental cybercounseling, and malpractice insurance. To change the quagmire of cybercounseling into a quest will require risk takers who are willing to be forward thinkers, to embrace technology as having the possibility to positively affect the profession, and thus to bring well-being to a greater number of people. (Contains 37 references.) (MKA)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
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