VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Beyond the Myth of the Pajama Party Delivering Quality Online Counselor Education and Supervision
Holly J. Hartwig Moorhead, Anita A. Neuer Colburn, Nivischi N. Edwards, and Kathie T. Erwin
Students increasingly are seeking online education (Allen & Seaman, 2011). The growth of online counselor education programs (Reicherzer, Dixon-Saxon, & Trippany, 2009, along with increasing numbers of Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited online counselor education programs (CACREP, 2012), reflects this trend. Online counselor educators must train students well academically and prepare them to be competent clinicians; however, many faculty are not provided much training to teach online. We introduce basic, practical elements of online teaching. We also review the current state of online education and contextual considerations of online learning. Additionally, we propose practical elements of setting up online classrooms, as well as ways to creatively and effectively deliver course content in the unique online environment. Finally, potential ethical issues specifically related to online counselor education are discussed.