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Keywords

Internet in psychotherapy; Counseling--Methods;

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of online counseling and new technologies in the counseling field. Online counseling is defined. Forms of online counseling are analyzed finding that email and instant messaging have become the most widely used methods for counseling purposes. A review of computer technologies and counseling history from the 1950s to today is also examined. Finally, the author presents an overview of the current literature regarding effectiveness studies and the ethical and moral dilemmas that new technologies pose for the future.

Sufficient research is lacking, but a variety of studies provide evidence of the effectiveness of online counseling. Results indicate that highly structured interventions yield positive results in the majority of cases. Assuring confidentiality and security measures are the two most prevalent ethical dilemmas found in the literature. These two, as well as other ethical issues of importance, are analyzed.

Year of Submission

2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Linda J. Nebbe

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Date Original

2006

Object Description

1 PDF file (28 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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