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Face-to-Face Supervision of Online Counselors: Supervisor Perspectives
Shane Haberstroh and Thelma Duffey
Many people seek professional help online (Fox, 2006; Horrigan, 2001). As the demand for Internet counseling grows, supervisors may work with counselors who provide online counseling. In fact, numerous counselors currently offer online counseling services and have been doing so for nearly a decade (DuBois, 2004; Sampson, Kolodinsky, & Greeno, 1997). To respond to this new medium for clinical practice, the American Counseling Association established procedures for distance counseling in the 2005 Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005), and has been at the forefront of identifying issues and best practices for cybercounseling and learning (Bloom & Walz, 2005). However, there is a lack of research to guide clinical supervisors about overseeing online practice. As such, there is a clear need for investigation into this supervision modality. Thus, this article explores the experiences of two counselor supervisors who oversaw the online counseling work of graduate counseling interns.