Education | SEMINAR ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
G598 | 5945 | Dr. Rex Stockton
Text: Integrating Outcome Research into Counseling Practice and
Training by Sexton et al. 1997 American Counseling Association
G598 SEMINAR ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
The Seminar on Professional issues G598 is normally taken with G550
Internship in Counseling and is intended as a culminating course for
the master's degree in counseling. The course is organized in a
seminar/workshop design to allow time for special attention to
special topics, and to provide more flexibility for interns, field
supervisor and faculty. Many of the sessions will include assessment
and intervention as part of the special topic. An important component
of the course addresses technology as a context for mental health
issues and as a set of necessary competencies for counselors in the
Each topical area selected for the course will have assigned readings
or handouts. Because of the nature of the seminar/workshop design,
active participation is expected. Included in the active participant
role is attending to all readings and facilitating the discussion of
noteworthy issues during the class.
Additional activities of the seminar include attendance at a
professional conference, a site visit, student/team led discussions
and several technology-related assignments. The site visits and
conference participation are mainly for professionalization and
career enhancement purposes. For the student/team panel discussions
and technology assignments, see the relevant sections.
1.To understand the meaning of being a professional in the field of
2.To analyze and reflect upon issues that impact the field of
counseling now and in the future.
3.To investigate career options in the field of counseling.
4.To explore uses of technology, including the internet and web-based
5.To reinforce the concept of efficacy of intervention via a written
paper and presentation.
6.To examine strategies for influencing public policy as it relates
to the advancement of counseling.
7.To explore ethical decision-making.
*All classes on January 16, February 13, March 26, and April 9 will
initially meet in Room 1250.
January 16BRoom 2015 for computer sections.
8:30-8:45 - Course Overview and discussion of class topics (includes
ACES technology competencies assessment)
8:45-9:45- Ellen Surberg-Hospice
9:45-10:45- Tim Donovan
10:45-11:00 - BREAK
11:00-12:00 - Professor Stockton- Ethical Issues in Counseling
12:00-1:15 - LUNCH BREAK
1:15-2:15 - Professor Stockton- Suicide prevention strategies
2:15-2:30 - BREAK
2:30-3:30 - Professor Stockton- How to evaluate research studies
3:30-4:00 - Discussion of paper topics and initial selection of
4:00-4:30 - Vision Question/Small group discussion
February 13BRoom 2015 for computer sections.
8:30-9:00 - Questions and Comments/Negotiating internal politics of
9:00-10:00 - Mental Health Counseling Professionals
10:00-10:30 - BREAK
10:30-11:30 - Kimble Richardson ¡V Mental health licensure and a
perspective on the field of mental health
11:30-11:45 - Small Group Discussion
11:45-1:00 - LUNCH
1:00-2:15 - Mr. Gillie, World of Work and Professor Stockton:
Developing Professional Portfolios and other Career Building
2:15-2:30 - BREAK
2:30-4:30 - Mr. Gillie- Counseling and the Internet (Part II)
(Computer Lab 2015)
March 26BRoom 2015 for computer sections.
8:30-8:45 - Announcements, Questions, and Comments.
8:45-9:30 - Professional organizations and influencing public policy
9:30-10:15 - Crisis Intervention- Professor Stockton
9:45-10:15 - TBA
10:15-10:30 - BREAK
10:30-11:30 - TBA
11:30-12:00 - Class Discussion
12:00-1:00 - LUNCH
1:00-2:00 - Kelly Dunn- Counseling Resources available from the
State Department of Education
2:00-2:15 - Discussion of upcoming presentations
2:15-2:30 - BREAK
2:30-4:30 - Mr. Gillie- Counselors and the Internet Part IV (Room
April 9-Room 1250- Class presentations
-TO BE SCHEDULED
TOPICS RELATED TO CURRENT TRENDS AND ISSUES (presented by class
DSM IV-TR Usage
Efficacy of Counseling
Efficacy of Intervention
Ethical Issues Cognitive Psychology
Evaluation of Counseling
Counseling the Aging
Severe Personality Disorder
Counseling AIDS Patients
Counseling and the internet
Developmental issues in counseling
Substance Abuse Counseling
Technology and Mental Health
Scott Gillie, G598 Consultant
Spring Semester 2004
This strand of G598 addresses technology as a context for mental
health issues and as a set of necessary competencies for counselors
in the Twenty-First Century.
As context for mental health issues, there has been a significant
growth of mental-health problems paralleling the growth of computing
and the Internet; computer addictions seem limited only by the number
of computer applications. Chat, e-mail, games, gambling, and the
entire array of ¡§productivity¡¨ tools provide environments conducive
to overuse, compulsion, and loss of social contact. The elimination
of boundaries between work and home (and even the commute) has led to
new opportunities for overwork and family stress. The privacy of
computing takes away public scrutiny and limits the effect of social
standards and norms, providing an environment conducive to behavior
that otherwise might be subject to social sanctions.
On the therapeutically positive side, technology provides counselors
with new media of communication, improved tools for client follow-up,
and an array of information resources that support the profession of
counseling. No counselor should enter the field without command of
essential technical competencies.
Technology affords new ways to deliver counseling services at a
distance. Is it therapy? Is it therapeutic? Is it ethical? Counselors
entering the field today must address these questions with an open
mind and apply their inquiry skills to find answers that inform their
Selected readings/short assignments/laboratory exercises
Assessment of technology-delivered counseling services
- Presentation software for in-class presentation
- Discussion list or counseling-related chat participation
- Citation of electronic sources in research paper
- E-mail submission of assignments
Class Session I
Technology for Counselors
The Ethics and Efficacy of Counseling on the Web
Web Counseling Services
ACES Statement of Technology Competencies for Counselors
ACES Spectrum Study of Counselors' Technology Competencies
NBCC Ethical Standards for Web Counseling
National Career Development Association Internet Delivery Standards.
Myths and Realities of Online Clinical Work by the ISMHO Case Study
Psychotherapy in Cyberspace by John Suler
Cybertherapy: Is It Really Therapy? by Leonard S. Holmes
Assignment 1: An Internet online counseling service has hired your
consulting group to assess compliance of the service with NBCC
Internet Counseling Standards. Your group will present a PowerPoint
presentation to the CEO. The presentation will focus on 1) standards
met 2) standards unmet, and standards not addressed. Your report will
include advice and recommendations for meeting the standards. Please
limit your presentation to not more than ten slides.
Class Session II: Electronic Professional Portfolios and Professional
Resources for Counselors
1. Counselors and the World of Work
2. Lab Exercise: Explore the following web-based resources:
Counselor Discussion and Chat
Ethical guidelines and standards
Career and employment resources
3. Notes for February 16, 2004
Assignment 2: Identify three professional associations that most
closely represent your professional interests. Indicate whether you
are likely to join (or already have joined) and your rationale for
joining or not joining.
Class Session III: Technology for Counselors
Technology: double-edged sword ¡V Are we better off?
- Readings: ¡§Managing Technology Wisely: A New Counselor
Competency,¡¨ by John Casey in Cybercounseling and Cyberlearning
and "Technology and the School Counselor" by Ken Hartman
Technology as etiology and potentiator -- "Technopathology"
- Relationships over the Internet (chat, e-mail, and video
- Predation on the Internet
- Internet addiction
- Day trading
- Compulsive gambling
Unintended consequences of technology
Web Resources for Technology and Counseling
ACES Statement of Technology Competencies for Counselors
Internet Counseling Situations
Assignment 3: Identify the essential technical competencies for your
intended counseling role. Indicate the degree to which you meet each
competency and any plans that you have for improving your competence.
Please indicate any needed areas of competency that go beyond those
identified by ACES.
Indiana Career and Postsecondary Advancement Center
Smith Research Center, Room 150
2805 E. Tenth St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
1. Attend all class sessions.
2. Attend one conference, seminar or workshop during the semester
with one page written summary describing how you have integrated
what you learned into your counseling assessment and interventions.
No approval needed for your choice.
Papers due March 26th. They are accepted any time before.
3. Written Research Paper - focuses on efficacy of intervention.
a) The overriding purpose of the paper is to address efficacy of
intervention. Systems that employ counselors are moving rapidly
toward brief therapy and efficacious interventions.
b) Each person will write an individual paper related to the topic
but with a specific focus. Each individual paper will be part of an
overall theme that will be the foundation for a group presentation.
4.Each individual's paper will become a part of the group
presentation in class. Thus in addition to writing your individual
paper the following activities will need to take place:
(Please refer to class presentation guidelines for more detailed
5.Participate in a planned site visit and write a brief summary of
your impressions of the site (one page), which is due one week after
the site visit.
6.Complete a series of short assignments and laboratory exercises
related to technology and technology assessment
RESEARCH PAPER GUIDELINES
1.Use only original sources for references. Example: Journal of
Counseling Psychology or Journal of Counseling and Development.
Secondary sources such as books that are not research based will not
be given credit.
2.Follow APA Style Citations.
3.Write in succinct style. Keep length to around 7 pages, double-
spaced, plus title page and references. Reference page required.
4.Paper¡¦s are due March 26th. Place in Dr. Stockton's mailbox or mail
to Dr. Stockton at: School of Education, Department of Counseling and
Educational Psychology, 201 North Rose Avenue, Room #4056,
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006. Research papers will be returned on April
CLASS PRESENTATION GUIDELINES
1.Form groups of three students each.
2.Agree on a theme topic of personal and professional interests
related to counseling.
3.Select a chairperson to facilitate preparing for the presentation.
4.Divide presentation time equally. The overall presentation time is
always by necessity limited.
5.Each person will be graded separately for presentation.
6.Write a brief 1 - 2 page description of your paper to be
distributed to each class member just prior to the presentation.
7.Use visual aids for presentation, i.e. transparencies in large
print, videos, etc. All transparencies should be duplicated for each
class member. ** Be sure to make audio-visual arrangements in
advance. Contact Dr. Stockton, who will make arrangements with the
School of Ed AV Coordinator.
8.Brief feedback will follow each presentation.
1. Visit field site. 10 points
-Submit a one-page written summary.
2. Written paper 25 points
Class handout 05 points
3. Group Presentation 25 points
á Copies of handout(s) 5 points
4. Attend 1 conference, submit a 1 page written summary. 10 points
5. Internet assignments 20 points
FINAL POINTS AND GRADE CALCULATION
CRITERIA FOR G598 PAPERS
The following is the grading criteria for your final papers:
1.The topic is clearly defined in the introduction.
2.Subsections are included where appropriate.
3.Research which validates treatment theories and/or methodologies of
the area(s) defined is discussed.
4.At least some attempt is made to interpret the research findings,
including potential problems with the studies described.
5.When research findings are very limited, a description of "best
practices," as described by leading authorities, is included.
6.Implications of the research which can be generalized to clinical
practice are discussed.
7.The style is professional (i.e. grammar, spelling, and
organization) and demonstrates quality work.
Guidelines for Site Visit
áStudents should make appointment with site and coordinate times to
áAny relevant permissions should be obtained as necessary
áAssess therapist roles, theoretical premises utilized, what you
áWhat is the mission of the organization?
áWhat population(s) do they serve?
áGeneral impressions of their overall organization
áWrite report ¡V 1 page or less (bullet point or written in full),
áWrite a report on the conference
áHow did you find out about this conference?
áWhat is the conference focus?
áWho were the speakers?
áWhat did you learn?
áSignificant preparation evident
áEmpirical research cited, as relevant
áBibliography handouts given
áGeneral presentation handouts utilized as necessary
áSupplemental handouts given if necessary
áAppropriate technology utilized
áPresenters demonstrate a lively and engaging style
áQuestion and answer sessions planned for
áDemonstrate appropriate timing of presentation
áSequential flow demonstrated
áPresenters use other means, as appropriate, to explicate and
instruct (BRIEF: video clips, exercises, demonstrations)