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Unformatted text preview: The Internet is changing the way that Social Workers can practice. A new development is the use of the internet to provide services to clients. The Practice of Internet Counseling National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. 3 Terrace Way, Suite D Greensboro, NC 27403 Retrieved from http://www.nbcc.org/webethics2 This document contains a statement of principles for guiding the evolving practice of Internet counseling. In order to provide a context for these principles, the following definition of Internet counseling, which is one element of technology-assisted distance counseling, is provided. The Internet counseling standards follow the definitions presented below. A Classification for Defining Face-To-Face and Technology-Assisted Distance Counseling The delivery of technology-assisted distance counseling continues to grow and evolve. Technology assistance in the form of computer-assisted assessment, computer-assisted information systems, and telephone counseling has been available and widely used for some time. The rapid development and use of the Internet to deliver information and foster communication has resulted in the creation of new forms of counseling. Developments have occurred so rapidly that it is difficult to communicate a common understanding of these new forms of counseling practice. The purpose of this document is to create standard definitions of technology-assisted distance counseling that can be easily updated in response to evolutions in technology and practice. A definition of traditional face-to-face counseling is also presented to show similarities and differences with respect to various applications of technology in counseling. A taxonomy of forms of counseling is also presented to further clarify how technology relates to counseling practice. Nature of Counseling Counseling is the application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies, that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology. Depending on the needs of the client and the availability of services, counseling may range from a few brief interactions in a short period of time, to numerous interactions over an extended period of time. Brief interventions, such as classroom discussions, workshop presentations, or assistance in using assessment, information, or instructional resources, may be sufficient to meet individual needs. Or, these brief interventions may lead to longer-term counseling interventions for individuals with more substantial needs. Counseling may be counseling interventions for individuals with more substantial needs....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOCIAL WOR 102 taught by Professor Sarah during the Fall '07 term at Wisc Whitewater.
- Fall '07