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Online Counselor Education
A Guide for Students

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January 2016 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Students in online environments face a number of challenges that could put them at a disadvantage unless they have a resource to help guide them through some of the confusing aspects of an online environment. Such challenges include the lack of advisement resources, the inability to connect with community members and local field agencies, and various other aspects unique to an online environment. Student Handbook for Online Counselor Education is a resource that is developed to be used across various online programs in counselling.
Carl Sheperis
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Online Training of Counselors and Counselor Educators
Introduction to Online Training for Counselors  
Performance of Online Students vs. Traditional Students  
Maximizing the Benefits of Your Experience  
Mental Preparation  
Physical Preparation  
Prepare for Certification and Licensure from the Onset  
Enjoy Your Journey  
Summary  
Kylie P. Dotson-Blake & J. Scott Glass
Chapter 2: Getting Comfortable with Technology
Introduction: Getting Comfortable with Technology  
Learning Management Systems  
Asynchronous Learning  
Typical Computer Software  
Assignment Preparation Software: Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations  
Assignment Preparation Software: Video Capture  
Video Conferencing  
Navigating Ancillary Resources and Tools  
Summary  
Missy Wheeler & Laura Shannonhouse
Chapter 3: Managing Family, Work and School
Guide to Success  
Introduction  
The Life of an Online Student  
Introduction to Wellness  
Promoting Wellness of the Online Student  
Wellness Definition and Models  
Student Experiences  
The Case of Jesse - Elementary School Teacher  
The Case of Alex - Internship Issues  
The Case of Andrea - Family Emergency  
Summary  
Amy L. McLeod
Chapter 4: Understanding the Quality of Your Online Program
Introduction  
The Quality Counselor Education Program  
Personal and Lifestyle Factors  
Educational and Academic Needs and Goals  
Career Aspirations  
Program Specific Indicators of Quality  
Evaluating Faculty Experience, Research, and Service  
Dissecting Degree Requirements  
Formal Measures of Quality in Counselor Education  
Accreditation  
Evaluating Online Education Programs and Courses  
Summary  
RJ Davis and Wendy Greenidge
Chapter 5: Professional Identity and Professional Engagement
Introduction  
Building a Professional Identity  
Professional Affiliations  
Continuing Education and Professional Growth Conferences  
Thinking Like a Professional  
Collaborating with Other Professionals  
Professional Conduct  
Protecting the Public  
Professional Dispositions and Rubrics  
Ethical Functioning in an Online Environment  
Patience in an Online World  
Understanding the Student Evaluation Process  
A Professional Approach to Appealing Grades and Other Decisions  
Social Media and Online Presence  
Building a Professional Online Profile  
Professional Contact Information  
Summary  
Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 6: Navigating a Digital Textbook or Online Lab
Introduction  
Renting Versus Purchasing  
Vendors  
Digital Libraries  
Deconstructing an Online Lab  
Instructor Notes  
Personal Notes  
Creating a Note  
Storing and Accessing a Note  
Editing a Note  
Printing and Exporting a Stored Note  
Embedded Media  
Understanding Learning Outcomes  
Deconstructing a Chapter  
Chapter Objectives  
Learning Outcomes  
Headers and Sub-headers  
Figures and Tables  
Terms and Glossary  
Multimedia  
Using E-Textbooks to Prepare for Certification and Licensure  
Summary  
Wendy L. Greenidge
Chapter 7: Interacting Productively with Faculty and Peers
Introduction  
Online Etiquette  
Sidebar  
Email Communication  
Lack of Anonymity in an Online Environment  
Effective Online Discussion Board Interaction  
How to Make a Professional Post in a Discussion Forum  
Engaging in a Scholarly Debate Versus an Argument  
Appropriately Advocating for Yourself in an Online Environment  
Social Media and Online Presence  
Building a Professional Online Profile  
Creating Professional Contact Information  
Seeking Support from Faculty Members  
Summary  
Robyn Trippany Simmons, Tiffany Rush-Wilson, & Breyan Haizlip
Chapter 8: Respecting Diversity in an Online Environment
Introduction  
Ethics and Diversity  
Respecting Different Beliefs  
Raising Consciousness  
Social Justice and Counselors  
Summary  
Carolyn Berger & Ruth Outzs
Chapter 9: Academic Integrity
Introduction  
Definition and Intentionality  
Integrity and the Internet  
Integrity in Academic Writing  
Self-plagiarism  
Patchwriting  
Turnitin and Other Plagiarism Detection Packages  
Preventing Plagiarism  
Why Do Counselors Use APA Style?  
APA Style Resources  
APA Style Manual  
APA Templates  
Bibliographic Software  
Citing Sources  
Citations in the Reference List  
In-Text Citations  
Developing a Professional Writing Style  
Ethical Functioning Within an Online Area  
Test-taking  
Fraud in Online Courses  
Summary  
Michelle Perepiczka, Donna Sheperis, & Ruth Ouzts Moore
Chapter 10: Online Research
Introduction  
Identifying a Research Topic  
What is A Research Topic?  
Inspirations for Research Topics  
Test out Your Topic  
Finding and Evaluating Database Resources  
What are Databases?  
Getting to Know Specific Databases  
Evaluating Databases  
Evaluating Respective Items  
Navigating Through Databases  
Outside of the Library: Website Resources  
Searching the Web  
Wikipedia  
Finding Scholarly Websites  
Evaluating the Website for Credibility  
Tricks to Finding Supplemental Resources  
Paraphrasing and Quoting  
Plagiarism  
Writing Tips  
Organizing Your Writing  
Supporting Your Writing  
Summary  
Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 11: Academic Residencies
Introduction  
The Importance of Residency  
Refining and applying knowledge previously learned  
Skill development exercises  
Networking with peers and professors  
Professional Development  
Different Types of Residencies  
Course-Based Residencies  
Program-Based Residencies  
Web-Based Residencies or The Virtual Classroom  
Financial Aspects of Residency  
Tuition Expenses  
Transportation/Travel Expenses  
Hotel/Food/Essentials Expenses  
Equipment  
International Residencies  
Preparing for and getting the most out of Residency  
Pre-Program Residency Preparation  
Frequency and Duration  
Locations and Environment  
General Expectations while attending  
The Role of Gate Keeping at Residency  
Fostering a Collaborative Attitude  
Collaboration – the Professor’s Perspective  
Collaboration- a Student’s Perspective  
Professional Behavior and Professional Disposition  
Understanding the Faculty Review Process  
Networking and Preparing to Attend Professional Conferences  
Student Experiences  
Summary  
Debra G. Leggett, Josh Strickland, & Elizabeth Krzewski
Chapter 12: Fieldwork Experiences
Introduction  
Selecting a field experience site  
CACREP Standards for Fieldwork and State Licensure Requirements  
Getting the Most Out of Your Practicum and Internship  
Developing Counseling Skills at a Distance  
Distance Supervision  
Direct versus Indirect Hours  
Professionalism to Represent Your Program and the Counseling Profession  
Advocating for Yourself in a Field Experience  
Working within the appropriate scope of practice  
Summary  
Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 13: Preparing for Employment
Introduction  
Developing your job search strategy  
Common professional documents  
Letters of Interest or cover letters  
Resumes  
Curriculum Vita  
Letters of Reference  
Electronic portfolios  
Licensure and Certification  
Interviewing  
Summary  
Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 14: The Evolution of Counselor Training and Future of the Counseling Profession
Introduction  
Online Education  
Online Counselor Education  
Biases against Online Education  
Changes in Higher Education and Need for More Health-related Professionals  
Increase in CACREP Accreditation of Online Programs  
Growth in Traditional Institutions Offering Online Formats  
Employer Stigma  
Preparing Yourself for an Interview  
Changes in Practice of Professional Counseling  
Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC).  
Imagining the counseling profession in 20 years  
Summary  

Online Counselor Education: A Guide for Students is a beneficial text with information that any new student in an online counselor education program could use to navigate their online program.”

Dr. Jamison D. Law
Capella University

This is one of the text that we are recommending for our students in our online master's in school counseling. It does not seem to be appropriate for an individual course, but it works well as a guide for students throughout our program.

Dr Charles Timothy Dickel
Education , Creighton University
October 9, 2015

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