ERIC Number: EJ946956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 1
Practical, Ethical, and Legal Considerations regarding Videocounseling in College and University Counseling Centers: A Response to Quarto's "Influencing College Students' Perceptions of Videocounseling"
Menzano, Silvestro; Goodwin, Alan; Rockett, Geraldine; Morris, Kathy
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v25 n4 p326-333 2011
There are numerous factors and concerns to take into consideration when implementing new technology into a counseling center's practice. These factors--informed consent, confidentiality, record-keeping, licensure, technical issues, eligibility, emergencies, and staff perceptions--are legitimate and must be addressed and resolved before videocounseling can be successfully integrated into university counseling center (UCC) operations. However, it must also be acknowledged that new technologies such as videocounseling are uniquely suited to address the limitations of in-person counseling services at institutions where a significant number of students are unable to access services. Study abroad programs, internships, distance learning opportunities, and far-flung satellite campuses will continue to challenge UCCs to think creatively about how to provide services to students who are not able to walk into their offices. The use of technologies such as videocounseling, if thoroughly researched and thoughtfully implemented, could prove to be an invaluable resource for colleges and universities in the future.
Descriptors: Counseling Services, Higher Education, Program Implementation, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Guidance Centers, Study Abroad, Distance Education, Multicampus Colleges, Student Attitudes, Ethics, Confidentiality, Certification, Recordkeeping, Eligibility, Legal Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States