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.
On-line Supervision and Face-to-Face Supervision in the Counseling Internship: An Exploratory Study of Similarities and Differences
Judith A. Nelson, Mary Nichter, and Richard Henriksen
At the 2009 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, on-line teaching, counseling, and supervising were topics of interest in the educational sessions. Forty-six educational sessions focused on various aspects of technology including the challenges and benefits of technology in the field of counselor education. Clearly our profession cannot ignore the influence of web-based technology and how to best use this influence to enhance the education of new counseling professionals and learn pitfalls to avoid in on-line instruction and supervision. The rationale for our study stemmed from our students’ needs to complete their internships in locations distant from the university. Our goal was to provide innovation without giving up quality. Although many universities in counselor education are experimenting with new technologies in distance learning, we found the literature to be scant relevant to the effectiveness of online counseling supervision.