Online counseling and ethics: A systematic review of empirical research

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2021-12-01
This study aims to review empirical studieson ethical issues in online counseling. In line with the criteria of this research, articles were searched in the Web of Science database; empirical research articles that collected data from mental health professionals, published between 2000-2021yearsin psychology and counseling journals and indexed in SSCI were included. Seventeen articles that met the inclusion criteria were found. Nine different ethical issues were discovered according to the findings from thesearticles. Respectively, maintaining confidentiality and privacy, need fora separatecompetency to perform online counseling, providing security, and difficultyofintervening incrisis situationsdue to physical distances, client verification, risk assessment,boundary issues, and unclear circumstances for possible malpractice in online counseling werethe ethical issues statedin the reviewed articles. To conclude, it is crucialto have clear, comprehensive, and detailed ethical standards for effectively dealing with these ethical concerns by examining evidence-based researchso that mental health professionalscan adjust more effectivepractices
The Journal of Clinical and Mental Health Counseling

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M. PULAT and K. F. Barutçu Yıldırım, “Online counseling and ethics: A systematic review of empirical research,” The Journal of Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 1–12, 2021, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: http://dergi.pdr.org.tr/index.php/klinik-ruh-sagligi/article/view/25/7.