Implementing Online Counselling in Australian Secondary Schools: What Principals Think

Kevin Glasheen, Mary McMahon, Marilyn Campbell, Debra Rickwood, Ian Shochet

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Today’s young people have integrated the online world into their everyday reality and schools have generally accepted the importance of technology in the education process. However, there has been limited use in schools of technology to counsel young people, although early indications suggest that school counsellors may be prepared to offer synchronous online counselling if they were supported by school principals. The aim of this study was to investigate Australian secondary school principals’ views about using an online format for counselling in schools. There were 33 principals who participated and they indicated technological competency and acknowledged the benefits of using technology in the counselling process. The principals were generally supportive of the provision of online school counselling, although their major concern was the need for more counsellors and the impact on the workload of current counselling staff. A few principals, however, were unconvinced about offering online counselling and had a fundamental preference for face-to-face communication experiences for students. Strategies for facilitating the acceptance of online counselling by principals and guiding implementation in schools are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-25
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


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