Online Counseling, 2nd ed.

A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

Edited by

  • Ron Kraus, Editor,; Founder,; Former Preseident International Society for Mental Health Online; Adjunct Professor, Core Program, Farleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck NJ; Clinical Psychologist, Manhattan, NY
  • George Stricker, Derner Institute, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA; Professor of Psychology, Argosy University, Washington DC; Former Chair APA Ethics Committee
  • Cedric Speyer, Co-founder, InnerView Guidance International; Clinical Supervisor, E-Counseling, Shepell•fgi, Toronto, Ontario

Online Counseling gives practical insight into how professionals can translate and extend their practice to the electronic online medium. The volume provides an overview of current research on the use and effectiveness of counseling online and data on the idiosyncrasies of online behavior and communication. The practical aspects of and skill sets required for counseling online are discussed at length, as are technological, ethical, legal and multicultural issues, treatment strategies, and testing and assessment.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-378596-1


Reviews for the 1st Edition:

"Kraus, Zack, and Stricker provide a resource for these changing times in a health field where the demand is great. The technology is here and these editors provide a resource to help practitioners use all the techniques and delivery methods to everyone's advantage. This book is recommended."

" has invaluable information for any mental health professional who deals with online technology to communicate with patients. Overall, this volume is a timely resource for those who are interested in learning how to translate their practice to an online medium... The impressive list of contributors has 22 names of authors with different backgrounds, including internationally recognized specialists... Part 2, Practical Aspects of Online Counseling, is a step-by-step start-up guide. It has a chapter on the technology involved, a separate chapter covering legal and ethical issues, and a chapter on business aspects of online counseling. This is the most practical part of the book and is the place to go for readers who are limited in time and just looking for an "operational manual" to move into online business. Part 3, Clinical Issues in Online Counseling, is an exploration of psychotherapeutic issues involved in treatment without personal contact with a patient. I think this would be of most interest for those who are planning to engage in any sort of counseling online..."

" excellent resource for any mental health professionals who are considering starting an online counseling practice."
-Patricia Roles,

Table of Contents

Ron Kraus and George StrickerPart I: The New Medium: History & ResearchChapter 1
Online behavior, communication and Experience
Michael FenichelChapter 2
The psychology of text relationships
John SulerChapter 3
Online Counseling- Does It Work? Research Findings to Date
Ron KrausPart II: Practical Aspects of Online CounselingChapter 4
The technology of online counseling
Jason ZackChapter 5
Ethical Issues in Online Counseling
Ron KrausChapter 6
Legal Issues for Online Counselors
Jason ZackChapter 7
The Business of Online Counseling
Ron Kraus
Part III:  Clinical Skills for Online Counseling
Chapter 8
Text-based Online Counseling: Email
John Yaphe and Cedric Speyer
Chapter 9
Text-based online counseling: chat
DeeAnna Merz Nagel and Kate AnthonyChapter  10
Online Counseling Groups: Theory and Practice
Yvette Colon and  Stephanie SternChapter 11
Clinical work with groups online - practical aspects
Beth Pector and Robert C. HsiungChapter 12
Internet-Supported Psychological Testing and Assessment
Azy BarakChapter 13
International and Multicultural Issues
Adrian G. Skinner and Gary LatchfordPart IV: A Look in to the Future of Online CounselingChapter 14
Ethical Issues in Online Counseling
Ron Kraus