Distance learning counseling is sure not something I would have considered in 1990 when I returned to school for my Master's degree.
For one thing, I did not know how to run a computer, and I would have been one of those jokes you see online every once in awhile about weird calls the tech support people have received.
And I am sure using a computer for online education would still be a problem for some. In spite of the ubiquity of computers these days, I still have domestic violence clients who come to my office who do not use them, or even care to use them.
Even if it means transcending an employment limiting arrest record.
For example, Northern Illinois University and Rock Valley College offers an opportunity to earn a GED, an Associates Degree, and then move on to a Bachelor's Degree and some or all of it can be done online.
That sounds like convenience to me.
It appears that online schools are being accredited the same way that bricks and mortar schools are, and employers are accepting the graduates of online schools.
More companies are doing online training and seeing the value for current employees, which makes it easier to hire online graduates.
And perhaps the most important cue to the value of distance learning? The teachers unions are fighting the implementation of distance learning for grade and high schools, which is certainly understandable.
Distance learning for counseling and any subject must be of value if the folks invested in the old model are fighting it.
I know that coaching online, and even mental health online is a growing field, so perhaps someday a significant amount of the work in education and mental health will be done online, which is so amazing to my Boomer brain, steeped in the traditional model.
It appears that schools offering distance learning counseling are evaluating the efficacy of their programs using normed instruments because accrediting agencies are demanding that, and it also appears that those evaluation instruments will reflect ongoing research.
It appears that students are very satisfied with their experiences.
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