COVID-19’s nudge to modernise: a opportunity to reconsider telehealth and counselling placements

Beel, Nathan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1248-1417 (2021) COVID-19’s nudge to modernise: a opportunity to reconsider telehealth and counselling placements. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, 9 (1). pp. 1-18.


Abstract

Telehealth may become a more accepted format of service delivery after COVID-19 and it is essential that counsellors and counsellor educators are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in its diversity. While technology-assisted counselling has been practiced in Australia for 60 years, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s (PACFA) current Training Standards mandate that the 40 hours of placement done in training must be delivered in the same room as clients. This privileging of face-to-face (F2F) experience may reflect outdated practitioner reservations that demonstrate inadequate awareness of existing research on alternative delivery formats. In addition, I argue this restriction may run counter to employability aims of placements and has broader ramifications on students, training providers, and research. I argue that non-F2F formats such as those delivered by telehealth should be treated without prejudice and should be counted with or without the presence of F2F hours for student placements.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 23:51
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2021 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: counsellor education, placements, telehealth, employability
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160206 Workforce transition and employment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41922

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