Eye on Ethics: The Expanding Use of Computer-Based Services in Clinical Social Work

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School of Social Work


Cybertherapy is just one example of a wide range of computer-based technologies that a relatively small but growing number of social workers are using to provide clinical services. In recent years clinical social workers have provided Internet-based counseling services to people they have not met in person; practitioners use live chat technology and e-mail (sometimes known as e-therapy or online counseling), moderated forums, and self-guided Web-based interventions with automated feedback.