Teaching Counseling Microskills and Techniques in Online Courses: Graduate Faculty and Student Perceptions
This paper describes an ongoing discussion among counselor educators and counselors-in-training as to the appropriateness of offering online courses in counseling microskills and techniques. The concerns of faculty, students, and university administrators regarding online course quality are explored and suggestions for enrichment of online instruction and assessment are introduced. The paper also describes a proposed exploratory study of mixed-methods design aimed at uncovering the perceptions of graduate counseling faculty and students across metropolitan universities regarding the online instruction of fundamental counseling microskills and the online supervision of students enrolled in courses such as “Counseling Skills and Techniques,” practicum, and internship. The researcher plans to utilize surveys and interviews as investigative methods to gain valuable information on the topic. The background, rationale, procedures, expected timeline, and anticipated data analyses are detailed. The expected outcomes, limitations, and potential contributions of the study are also discussed.