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Running head: CAUSE AND EFFECT ARGUMENT 1 Counselors Serving with Skype: How Counselors can use Video Chat Programs to Save Lives Caleb Myers Grand Canyon University: ENG-206HN March 4 th , 2018
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COUNSELORS SERVING WITH SKYPE Counselors Serving with Skype: How Counselors can use Video Chat Programs to Save Lives Many therapists and counselors meet in person with their clients, individually or in group therapy, at a common meeting ground in private. However, there is a way to ease any difficulty in commuting to a meeting ground with the use of e-therapy, or electronic therapy using cell phones, emails and video conferencing programs. As technology has developed, the use of it in therapeutic counseling becomes an extremely polarizing subject (Goss & Anthony, 2009). With the use of technology, counselors can and are now speaking with their clients over a video conference or video chat program. Since using video chat programs have been new to the field within the last decade along with numerous studies displaying contradictory results, governmental laws and regulations in the American Psychological Association (APA) are still in development (Kingsley & Henning, 2015). Psychologists utilizing technology need to act as if this method has caution tape around e-therapy with their clients. E-therapy has been and will be developing and further investigated; however, video counseling is by far the most respected and useful form of e-therapy as opposed to using emails or phone calls where the therapist cannot read visual non-verbal cues from the client. While using video conference programs has its flaws, counselors can have a wider range of influence by not being limited by distance between the client and them. Therapists would also be able to reach out to those with severe social anxieties, which would be too afraid to meet in person, as well as ease the fear of opening and being vulnerable with one’s counselor by having a certain amount of anonymity. Wider Reach Using video chat programs, counselors can reach an ever-expanding group of patrons in need. Counseling the traditional way, with an hour of face to face conversation, is very effective; 2
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COUNSELORS SERVING WITH SKYPE however, it limits the counselor to only be able to help people who can reach them (Kingsley & Henning, 2015). Departing from the traditional way by implementing video chat programs would allow the therapist to reach out of their community and ease the task of individuals looking for a therapist who is not located near them (Goss & Anthony, 2009). This would also set aside time it
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