Growing Trends in Group Counseling:
Ethical and Technological Issues that Effect Vocational Rehabilitation
546 Group Counseling
Dr. B. Canfield
February 26, 2008
Abstract This paper explores the different ways in which group counseling can be used for the purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also gives detailed information of how technology can be used in group counseling during Vocational Rehabilitation. The technique of group counseling especially in the area of Vocational Rehabilitation can bring up a number of ethical issues for the counselor and client to resolve. Those ethical issues can also cross over into the area of technology.
The growing trends in group counseling have spread to the field of technology. This expansion has brought about a great number of ethical issues that may not be considered when implementing technology in the Group Counseling in the Vocational Rehabilitation. The term group counseling refers to the counselors being enables practitioners to work with more clients-a decided advantage in these tight financial times- in addition; the group process also has unique learning advantages (Corey, 2004). This paper is to provide a brief background on distance technology services. This article will also focus on advantages, challenges and ethical issues that are involved in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling (VRC). A major challenge in VRC is providing services for individuals to consumers that reside in rural areas. This a significant task as there are 15 million Americans with disabilities living in rural areas (Riemer-Reiss, 2000). An easy remedy to the distance issue is to stray from traditional services with VRC and supplement a different form of communication for individuals that are unable to access these services due to the distance. Such nontraditional services include telephone communication, e-mail (electronic mail),
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