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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6311

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2003-05-11
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1888 2005-01-13
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Psychological & Social Fdns ED 17250000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Debra Osborn 49932

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MHS 6311 Online Services in Counseling and Helping Professions

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    2 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) S - S/U Only
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Online Counseling
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    The course is designed to prepare future counselors to use online services in counseling and related helping professions.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Competence in technology-based tools and strategies including computer-assisted guidance and online counseling has become a requirement in professional counseling. A separate course is needed to instruct all students in appropriate methods for integratin

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course will become a requirement for students who do not meet the program standard for web-based competence. The course could serve any program that used web-based counseling strategies.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D or Ed.D in Counseling, Psychology or a closely related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The objectives of this course are to prepare future counselors by enhancing

    counseling students¹ knowledge & skills regarding the provision of online

    services in counseling and related helping professions. In addition,

    students will learn how to use these online counseling tools for research

    and practice; and will develop critical thinking skills in evaluating the

    online counseling websites for potential use with clients.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1.0 be able to recognize the basic components of online counseling


    2.0 learn the different components used by online counseling services,

    such as bulletin boards, online chat, dropbox, personal homepage, utilize

    proper ³netiquette², etc.;

    3.0 effectively use common software tools, such as PowerPoint, MS Word,

    to develop web pages, group presentations, letters and reports;

    4.0 understand hardware and computer-based technology, such as RAM,

    GIGs, etc.;

    5.0 develop Internet skills;

    6.0 be able to help clients search for various types of

    counseling-related information via the Internet, including information about

    careers, employment opportunities, educational and training opportunities,

    financial assistance/scholarships, treatment procedures, and social and

    personal information;

    7.0 be able to integrate online findings into useful tools for clients

    (such as a handout, or creating appropriate ³homework² forms);

    8.0 effectively utilize the online library and related tools (searching

    for articles, journals, Mental Measurements Yearbook, etc.);

    9.0 be able to subscribe, participate in, and sign off

    counseling-related listservs;

    10.0 increase awareness of current discussions within the field about

    technology and counseling and future trends;

    11.0 be knowledgeable of the legal and ethical codes which relate to

    counseling services provided via the Internet; and

    12.0 be able to evaluate the quality of Internet information.

    C. Major Topics

    1.1 Basic Computer Components of Online Counseling Services.

    2.1 Introduction to Online Counseling Services.

    3.1 Analysis of Counseling Services Web Pages

    1.1 Review of Software Programs used by Online Counseling Services

    5.1 Internet Skills

    5.2 Using Search Engines to Find Online Counseling Services

    5.3 Choosing links

    6.1 Identifying Counseling Client/Friendly Online Counseling

    Services Sites

    6.2 Developing skills for helping clients find relevant sites

    7.1 Creating Handouts That Will Assist Clients In Utilizing

    Internet/Computer Information

    8.1 Introduction to the online library

    8.2 Key word searching, finding articles

    8.3 Searching e-journals, Mental Measurement Yearbooks

    9.1 Understanding listservs used in Online Counseling Services

    9.2 Identifying appropriate listservs for professional and client


    9.3 Participating in listservs

    10.1 Future trends with technology and Online Counseling Services

    11.1 Legal and ethical issues with Internet use and Online Counseling


    12.1 Evaluation of Online Counseling Services.

    D. Textbooks

    American Counseling Association Ethical Standards.

    Harris-Bowlsbey, J., Dikel, M. R., & Sampson, J. P. (2002). The Internet: A

    tool for career

    planning (2nd Edition). American Counseling Association: Author. ISBN


    Journal of Technology in Counseling.

    Tyler, J. M., & Sabella, R. A. (2004). Using technology to improve

    counseling practice.

    American Counseling Association: Author.

    A packet of readings will be required.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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