With the advent of computer systems, our lives have become increasingly digitized. Once it took months for a letter to travel overseas, now a few clicks can pull up a videoconference from one’s home. Many face-to-face interactions are being supplemented with their digital counterparts. Counseling is no exception. This paper will define cybercounseling, review new ethical guidelines and concerns, contrast benefits and challenges, and provide some recommendations for those interested in exploring counseling’s online counterpart.
Hrivnak, Megan; Coble, Don; and Byrd, Rebekah. 2015. Cybercounseling: Legal and Ethical Considerations. Professional Issues in Counseling. http://www.shsu.edu/~piic/spring2001/index.htm