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In the counseling profession, the use of the Internet is a novel phenomenon and one that is continuing to attract and demand counselors' attention. There are those who advocate on its behalf, while others scrutinize it with disapproval. It is argued that the counseling profession has both a duty and an ethical obligation to meet the needs and demands of the society they serve. Counselors are obligated to continually challenge their beliefs and acknowledge ever-changing social requirements through professional education, advanced academic instruction and empirical study. This article provides an overview of the Internet and early telecommunications. Internet counseling is discussed, with its advantages, technical limitations, ethical and legal considerations, and current practices and future implications highlighted. (Contains 54 references.) (GCP)

Descriptors: Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Delivery Systems, Ethics, History, Internet, Professional Development, Telecommunications

Autor: Attridge, William C.


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