ERIC Number: ED449400
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Telephone and Cybercounseling Regulation: Legal and Ethical Issues.
Bloom, John W.; Sampson, James P., Jr.
The Standard for the Ethical Practice of Web Counseling indicates that Web counselors should review pertinent legal and ethical codes for possible violations emanating from online counseling. Doing so is a difficult task considering the many legal and ethical codes and the difficulty of obtaining codes from state counselor licensure boards or from professional counseling membership organizations. A survey was sent to all U.S. counselor licensure boards seeking current information about the extent to which they are regulating the practice of telephone and Web counseling. Currently, five states do not have counselor licensure boards. Thirty-four state counselor licensure boards and one registry responded that they have no Web counseling regulations at this time. Only two boards (Arkansas and Texas) responded that they have some form of Web counseling regulations. A reason most states suggested for not regulating at this point is that they have not received any complaints concerning the practicing of telephone counseling or Web counseling. As state counselor licensure boards attempt to address their responsibilities both to the public and the profession, providing both potential clients and counselors with hard copy or hot links to sites, which define ethical behavior, will be a valuable service. (JDM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.