Online Counseling

Online Counseling

A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

2nd Edition - January 21, 2004

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  • Editors: Ron Kraus, George Stricker, Cedric Speyer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123785978
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123785961

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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

  • Forward

    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: January 21, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123785978
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123785961

About the Editors

Ron Kraus

Dr. Ron Kraus is a clinical and child psychologist practicing in New York City and northern New Jersey. Since 1998 Dr. Kraus teaches at the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he enjoys giving traditional as well as online courses. Dr. Kraus founded in 1999 and was elected president of the International Society for Mental Health Online ( in 2002. Dr. Kraus' projects online include: and the memorial site: Ron is married to a healthcare professional, likes to play Jazz on his trumpet and is the father of two. More about Dr Kraus’ public and community activity can be found at:

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Professor, Core Program, Farleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck NJ; Clinical Psychologist, Manhattan, NY, USA

George Stricker

Dr. Stricker is a distinguished research professor in the Derner Institute and Adelphi University. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester in 1960. He has been at Adelphi University since 1963, and served as Dean of the Derner Institute for a decade.

Dr. Stricker is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology. He received the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to Applied Psychology in 1990, the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology in 1995, and an honorary Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Meadows Campus, in 1997. He also recieved the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology Award for Distinguished Contribution to Education and Professional Psychology in 1998, and the Allen V. Williams, Jr. Memorial Award from the New York State Psychological Association in 1999. He received the Karl Heiser Award for Advocacy in 1996 from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Stricker has been President of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality Assessment, the New York State Psychological Association, and the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology. He is on the Board of Directors of the Council for the National Register of Health Care Providers, and has served on several APA Boards and Committees, including the Board of Educational Affairs and as Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Dr. Stricker is both author and editor. He has worked on about 20 books, 30 book chapters, and more than 100 journal articles. His principal interests are psychotherapy integration, clinical training, ethics, and research in grandparenting.

Affiliations and Expertise

Derner Institute, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, USA; Professor of Psychology, Argosy University, Washington DC; Former Chair APA Ethics Committee

Cedric Speyer

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-founder, InnerView Guidance International; Clinical Supervisor, E-Counseling, Shepell•fgi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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