Online Counseling

2nd Edition

A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

Print ISBN: 9780128102091
eBook ISBN: 9780123785978
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th December 2010
Page Count: 288
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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.

Key Features

  • Foreword by Morgan Sammons and Patrick DeLeon, past president of the American Psychological Association
  • The first comprehensive textbook designed to give clinicians and mental health students everything they need to understand and start providing mental health services via the Internet
  • Each chapter includes study questions and key terms, making it ideal for use in graduate or continuing education settings
  • Includes clear and comprehensive chapters on research and technology related to online counseling
  • Contributors include past, present, and elected presidents of the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO), the Inernet's leading resource for professionals interested in online counseling and other methods of delivering mental health services via the Internet


Counseling and clinical psychologists

Table of Contents


Ron Kraus and George Stricker

Part I: The New Medium: History & Research

Chapter 1
Online behavior, communication and Experience
Michael Fenichel

Chapter 2
The psychology of text relationships
John Suler

Chapter 3
Online Counseling– Does It Work? Research Findings to Date
Ron Kraus

Part II: Practical Aspects of Online Counseling

Chapter 4
The technology of online counseling
Jason Zack

Chapter 5
Ethical Issues in Online Counseling
Ron Kraus

Chapter 6
Legal Issues for Online Counselors
Jason Zack

Chapter 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 Anthony

Chapter  10
Online Counseling Groups: Theory and Practice
Yvette Colon and  Stephanie Stern

Chapter 11
Clinical work with groups online - practical aspects
Beth Pector and Robert C. Hsiung

Chapter 12
Internet-Supported Psychological Testing and Assessment
Azy Barak

Chapter 13
International and Multicultural Issues
Adrian G. Skinner and Gary Latchford

Part IV: A Look in to the Future of Online Counseling

Chapter 14
Ethical Issues in Online Counseling
Ron Kraus



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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." --E-STREAMS

" 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..." --THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

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