Online Counselling and Guidance Skills is the first book to deal with the practicalities of this mode of working. It looks at how practitioners need to adapt their basic counseling skills to the online environment and guides them through the process of setting up, defining and maintaining a working relationship with a client within professional, ethical and legal boundaries. Case studies and extracts from online sessions show how the skills are put into practice, while practical exercises and points for further consideration help readers to develop their own knowledge and skills.

Online Assessment and Contracting

Online assessment and contracting

Online counselling skill topics presented in this chapter:

Exercises and vignettes are included within this chapter, demonstrating the skills in practice and encouraging thought on the subject matter discussed.

This chapter provides insight to the process of assessment, contracting, and related matters, whilst also prompting thought which can assist practitioners and online service providers in formulating and implementing appropriate systems for service delivery and conclusions relating to professional practice. Amongst the many that are electing to engage with their clients online are UK Careers and Guidance services. Initial reports indicate that this holds the potential to be successful in either asynchronous or synchronous contact with clients (Madahar, 2004). With the ...

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