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ERIC Number: ED448369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 15
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Ethical Considerations for Internet Counseling.
Attridge, William C.
With the advent of new technologies, the possibility for providing quality, Internet-based, therapeutic counseling services becomes more attainable and realistic every year. Since the National Board for Certified Counselors announced the adoption of voluntary standards for the practice of Internet-based counseling, a new dimension has been added to the profession. The standards represent focal points and are an effort to recognize most of the pertinent issues involved in delivering counseling services over the Internet. Areas that have been addressed by the Code of Ethics include: (1) how confidentiality of counselor-client communication is maintained in cyberspace; (2) the limits of confidentiality; (3) ways to guard against imposter clients and imposter counselors; (4) counselors practicing via the Internet in states where they are not licensed; and (5) how misunderstanding can occur in counseling without the presence of visual clues. It is important for practitioners to stay current with the evolution of Internet counseling and to prepare the next generation of counselors for the ethical obligations, legal considerations, and methodologies of this means of counseling. (Contains 26 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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