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Online College Counseling (21FA-COU-1) is a Course

Online College Counseling (21FA-COU-1)

Sep 10 - Oct 9, 2021
3.0 credits

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Description

In this course experienced counselors will learn ethical standards and guidelines as well as skills and strategies for fostering successful online counseling sessions. The course covers technology assisted techniques and opportunities for counselors to assist students with meeting their educational, career, and personal goals. Counselors will also gain understanding of the key components for maintaining a successful online counseling program. 

Outcomes

By the end of this course, counselors will be able to:

  • Facilitate effective online counseling sessions.
  • Design, prepare for, and deliver individual and group online counseling sessions.
  • Identify best practices for mitigating technology failures and resolving difficult counseling situations.
  • Engage unique populations such as online students with disabilities using online counseling protocols.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of online counseling services.
  • Implement an online counseling program on their campus.

Duration: 4 weeks

Time Commitment: approximately 10 hours per week, for a total of 40 hours

Your time commitment will vary based upon your own level of experience with web technologies and online counseling.

Weekly Live Session: Choose one time per week on Mondays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR Mondays 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Zoom. The Zoom links will be provided in the course. Links to Zoom provided by the Facilitator and available inside the Online College Counseling course in Canvas.   A weekly live session is not a separate course.

Required: Weekly Live Session with Instructor (1.5 hours) 

Your instructor will host two weekly live sessions to give course participants a chance to discuss course readings and assignments. You are only required to attend one live session per week. Course participants can interchange the times in order to meet their schedule. Zoom will be the default platform for conducting instructor-led Weekly Live Sessions. 

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Although this class is designed for novice online counselors you should have the following:

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, email, file management)
  • Basic internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • An open mind and willingness to try new things

If you require any special accommodations for this class, please contact your facilitator as soon as possible to ensure a quality learning experience.

Prerequisites

Although this class is designed for novice online counselors you should have the following:

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, email, file management
  • Basic internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
  • Familiarity with online discussions
  • An open mind and willingness to try new things

If you require any special accommodations for this class, please contact your facilitator for the week as soon as possible to ensure a quality learning experience.

Technical Requirements 

  • Fairly recent computer skills with either Mac or PC running a current operating system. 
  • The most updated version of Chrome or Firefox web browser. 
  • Fast Internet connection. Cable broadband or DSL preferred. 

Optional Continuing Education Credit

Participants in this course can seek optional professional development/continuing education credits by dual-enrolling in TEC 1825 at Fresno Pacific University. A separate fee due to FPU will apply.