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A New Approach to Distance Counseling Skill Development: Applying a Discrimination Model of Supervision
Laura A. Dawson, Anna M. Harpster, Glenn Hoffman, and Kathleen Phelan
The proliferation of technology assisted distance counseling (TADC) is almost certain to continue expanding and evolving throughout the world. Yet, applicable terminology, ethics, and governance over its use are currently inconsistent and ambiguous. Even with numerous national organizations growing in recognition of TADC within the field, the primary responsibility for providing consistent and clear guidelines of TADC rests on individual professional counselors. To add to the complexity, counselor supervisors are responsible for training supervisees on the professional practice of TADC in order to prepare them for the future. In this article, Bernard’s (1979, 1997) Discrimination Model is applied to the practice of TADC and technology assisted distance counseling supervision (TADCS) in order to aid counselor supervisors in providing flexible and necessary adaptations to developing technological advances. This is especially important due to a current lack of any theoretical model for practice (Rabasca, 2000) with TADC and TADCS.