Ethical Issues In Internet Counselling: Ethical issues in counselling over the Interenet: an examination of the risks and benefits

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Beel, Nathan and Court, John H.. 1999. "Ethical Issues In Internet Counselling: Ethical issues in counselling over the Interenet: an examination of the risks and benefits." Clinical Psychologist. 4 (2), pp. 35-42. https://doi.org/10.1080/13284200008521058
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Ethical Issues In Internet Counselling: Ethical issues in counselling over the Interenet: an examination of the risks and benefits

ERA Journal ID6183
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBeel, Nathan and Court, John H.
Journal TitleClinical Psychologist
Journal Citation4 (2), pp. 35-42
Number of Pages8
Year1999
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1328-4207
1742-9552
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13284200008521058
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13284200008521058
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A major development in the delivery of psychological and counselling services has arisen with the technology provided by the Internet and through video linkages with remote situations. While telemedicine has burgeoned, with financial support especially for rural health, the possibilities for psychological consultation are still at an early stage. With a tradition of extended one-on-one contact, and belief in the importance of the interpersonal transaction, it has required a paradigm shift to embrace forms of intervention which involve distance and varying degrees of anonymity. Yet the possibilities for offering services to a new clientele at less expense mean that the strengths and limitations of cyberspace are challenging. They call for careful attention to ethical issues which arise in new ways, and currently lack clear criteria. Licensing Boards and the legislature will need to address these new forms of service delivery.

Keywordsinternet counselling; ethical issues
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