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Online Counselling and Guidance Skills
A Practical Resource for Trainees and Practitioners

  • Jane Evans - Counsellor, Supervisor and Consultant in Private Practice


208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A very practical text that provides professionals new to this arena with a good introduction to what they can expect to encounter in online work. The book contains numerous thought-provoking examples and exercises for those contemplating work in virtual arenas."
-Terry Hanley, Lecturer in Counseling, University of Manchester  

"It's tempting to think that face-to-face experience translates straightforwardly to online work. But it doesn't. Jane Evans shows how many different aspects there are to counseling on-line… My advice would be, don't attempt it until you have worked through this book." 
-Michael Jacobs, author of Psychodynamic Counseling in Action  

Counselors and other professionals who provide emotional support and guidance are increasingly working online. The difference between online and face-to-face interaction with clients is vast and practitioners need to equip themselves with specialist knowledge and skills to ensure that they are being effective.

Online Counselling and Guidance Skills is the first book to deal with the practicalities of this mode of working. It looks at how practitioners need to adapt their basic counseling skills to the online environment and guides them through the process of setting up, defining and maintaining a working relationship with a client within professional, ethical and legal boundaries. Case studies and extracts from online sessions show how the skills are put into practice, while practical exercises and points for further consideration help readers to develop their own knowledge and skills.

Until now, books and articles have generally focused on the therapeutic work done by counselors online. However, this book addresses people who use counseling skills in a wide range of contexts; including counseling, education, mental health, social care and careers guidance.

 
The Foundations
Establishing Practitioner Suitability for Adopting the Use of Online Counselling Skills

 
Confidence Building When Using Counselling Skills with Computer Mediated Technology

 
Online System Stability and Suitability: What To Do in the Event of Technology Breakdown

 
The Structure of Effective Practice: Individual Client Sessions and Meetings

 
Online Security Procedures

 
Administration, Management and Storage of Client Material

 
 
Establishing an Online Presence
Online Presence

 
Working Without Visual or Auditory Cues

 
Avatars

 
The Online Relationship

 
The Initial Online Interaction

 
Forming a Physical Perspective of a Client

 
Helping Clients to Help Themselves

 
 
Online Expression
Online Empathy

 
Online Feeling Expression

 
Responding to Feeling Expression

 
Online Disinhibition

 
Emoticons and Acronyms

 
 
Online Listening, Attunement and Attending to the Client
Communicating Presence, Interest and Attention

 
Developing and Maintaining Attunement

 
 
Establishing and Maintaining an Open Dialogue
Seeking Clarification

 
The Use of Questions

 
Paraphrasing and Summarising

 
Working with Client Resistance and non-verbal Cues

 
Offering Challenge and Feedback

 
Managing Misunderstandings and Conflict

 
Online Immediacy

 
Self Disclosure

 
 
Online Assessment and Contracting
Client Groups Seeking Online Support

 
Assessment Procedures

 
Contracting

 
Online Risk Assessment

 
Confidentiality

 
Endings

 
 
Professional Considerations in Online Practice
Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries within Online Interactions and Online Communities

 
Appointment Schedules and Organising a Conducive Working Environment for Online Practice

 
Online Practitioner Professional Responsibilities:

 
The Relevance of Professional Creativity and Encompassing Differing Theoretical Perspectives When Seeking to Engage Online Clients

 
 
Professional Guidelines for Online Practice
Ethical Practice and Guidelines

 
Membership and Affiliation to Professional Bodies

 
Supervision Arrangements for Online Practitioners

 
 
Conclusion

Practitioners who use counselling skills in a wide range of contexts: including counselling, education, mental health, social care and careers guidance; and students taking online counselling skills courses


Fantastic book, recommended for anyone planning to work therapeutically online. Gives an excellent overview of the key issues to consider.

Miss Joanna Sharpen
Children and young people's project, AVA (against violence and abuse)
May 29, 2014

no

Ms Yolanda Greene-allen-boggs
alternative counseling and abuse, UCO of muller in bethany
March 27, 2012

Great for online and classroom teaching a text that is so new in its message

Ms Yolanda Greene-allen-boggs
alternative counseling and abuse, UCO of muller in bethany
February 17, 2012

excellence read

Ms Yolanda Greene-allen-boggs
gen studies & counseling in ed, uco ad sped
December 15, 2011

Easy to read and apply in practice, good for communication skills

Ms Pat Clarke
Fac of Health & Applied Social Scienc, Liverpool John Moores University
October 20, 2010

Useful text about online guidance.

Mr Peter Beven
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
September 6, 2010

Jane Evans

Janet Evans, Literacy and Educational Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Education at Liverpool Hope University, is a primary specialist, writer and inset provider.Previously a primary school teacher, Janet has worked with children of all ages, students, teachers, parents and governors. She has lectured extensively in England and internationally and has written many articles and books on language, literacy and maths education.... More About Author

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