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ERIC Number: ED446326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Ethics and Regulations of Cybercounseling. ERIC/CASS Digest.
Hughes, Rosemarie S.
Cybercounseling is defined as the practice of professional counseling and information delivery that occurs when client(s) and counselor(s) are in separate or remote locations and utilize electronic means to communicate over the Internet. One of the counseling profession's main concerns will be unlicensed persons promoting themselves as competent Internet counselors. Unlicensed cybercounselors are almost legally untouchable, especially when a disclaimer statement is displayed stating what they are doing is not therapy. The National Board of Certified Counselors' Standards for the Ethical Practice of Webcounseling are specific, and give the impression this is an area that one does not enter lightly, without careful thought and consideration of implications and possible effects. Eleven critical issues in cybercounseling and seven other salient issues are listed. Information regarding licensure, jurisdiction, and state regulations for cybercounseling are discussed, including suggestions for policy and regulation. (Contains 6 references.) (MKA)
ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Ferguson Building, P.O. Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402-6171. Tel: 336-334-4114; Tel: 800-414-9769 (Toll Free); Fax: 336-3344116; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.