Relationship-Building in Online Counseling Courses
The widespread expansion of online course offerings in graduate counselor education programs calls upon educational researchers to examine the processes of teaching, learning, assessment, and relationship-building within the context of completely online counseling courses. This paper will summarize the findings of a recent research study on the perceptions of counselor educators and counselors-in-training regarding the effectiveness of counseling skills instruction and evaluation through completely online courses. Suggestions will be proposed for improving the processes of professional relationship-building among faculty instructors, counseling students, clinical supervisors, and site supervisors within the virtual classroom setting. These relationships, when appropriately formed and cultivated, will allow for stakeholders in the online course to enjoy reliable and ongoing communication, quality supervision, optimal academic performance, and overall course satisfaction.