Opportunities and challenges : school guidance counsellors’ perceptions of counselling students online

Glasheen, Kevin J., Campbell, Marilyn A., & Shochet, Ian M. (2013) Opportunities and challenges : school guidance counsellors’ perceptions of counselling students online. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 23(1), pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

School guidance counsellors world-wide seek ways of providing appropriate professional assistance to all students. While young people integrate online technology into their daily lives and go online for information and to communicate with each other, school counsellors in Australia are not offering online support to students. This cross-sectional study reported on the reluctance of school counsellors to offer online counselling and the reasons for this. A survey of 210 school guidance counsellors found that there is conditional support for the introduction of online counselling into the school setting. Counsellors indicated that they would use online counselling if students accepted its use in the school setting though they question how genuine students would be in its use. Most respondents reported a lack of confidence in understanding the ethical and legal implications of online counselling. However, the majority of participants were prepared to undertake further professional development in this mode of counselling. Additionally, they sought confirmation of the effectiveness of counselling students online before committing themselves to it. The implications for school guidance practice are discussed.

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ID Code: 62397
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: School counsellors, attitudes, online counselling, perceptions, concerns, enablers, confidence, student acceptability
DOI: 10.1017/jgc.2013.15
ISSN: 1839-2520
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2013 22:07
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2015 11:56

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