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Online Counselor Education

Online Counselor Education
A Guide for Students

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December 2015 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Online Counselor Education: A Guide for Students is an all-new guide for online students in counselor education programs. 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 understanding surrounding graduate school performance expectations, balancing graduate school and life, the inability to connect with community members and local field agencies, and various other aspects unique to an online environment.  This text will help students through these challenges and act as an invaluable resource.

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


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


Missy Wheeler & Laura Shannonhouse
Chapter 3: Managing Family, Work and School
Guide to Success


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


Amy L. McLeod
Chapter 4: Understanding the Quality of Your Online Program

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


Evaluating Online Education Programs and Courses


RJ Davis and Wendy Greenidge
Chapter 5: Professional Identity and Professional Engagement

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


Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 6: Navigating a Digital Textbook or Online Lab

Renting Versus Purchasing


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


Using E-Textbooks to Prepare for Certification and Licensure


Wendy L. Greenidge
Chapter 7: Interacting Productively with Faculty and Peers

Online Etiquette


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


Robyn Trippany Simmons, Tiffany Rush-Wilson, & Breyan Haizlip
Chapter 8: Respecting Diversity in an Online Environment

Ethics and Diversity

Respecting Different Beliefs

Raising Consciousness

Social Justice and Counselors


Carolyn Berger & Ruth Outzs
Chapter 9: Academic Integrity

Definition and Intentionality

Integrity and the Internet

Integrity in Academic Writing



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


Fraud in Online Courses


Michelle Perepiczka, Donna Sheperis, & Ruth Ouzts Moore
Chapter 10: Online Research

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


Finding Scholarly Websites

Evaluating the Website for Credibility

Tricks to Finding Supplemental Resources

Paraphrasing and Quoting


Writing Tips

Organizing Your Writing

Supporting Your Writing


Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 11: Academic Residencies

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


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


Debra G. Leggett, Josh Strickland, & Elizabeth Krzewski
Chapter 12: Fieldwork Experiences

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


Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 13: Preparing for Employment

Developing your job search strategy

Common professional documents

Letters of Interest or cover letters


Curriculum Vita

Letters of Reference

Electronic portfolios

Licensure and Certification



Carl Sheperis & R. J. Davis
Chapter 14: The Evolution of Counselor Training and Future of the Counseling Profession

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



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
Key features


  • Provides guidelines for success to students throughout their graduate degree program in professional counseling.
  • Helps students get comfortable with technology and shows them how to navigate a digital textbook, alleviating any reservations they may have about the new environment they’re in.
  • Shows students how to manage work, family, and school, providing clear strategies on juggling the course in an already packed schedule.
  • Acts as a guide for academic integrity from the onset, a huge concern for online faculty members.
  • Prepares students for field experience and for employment in the real world.
  • Creates a framework for interacting productively with faculty and peers to help reduce the number of student issues.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3

Chapter 9

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