Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling and Human Services

Committee Director

Jeffry L. Moe

Committee Member

Alan M. "Woody" Schwitzer

Committee Member

Shana Pribesh


This phenomenological study examined counselors’ perceptions of their formal preparation for engaging in technology-mediated distance counseling with the intent of gaining an understanding of their lived experiences. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven seasoned counselors who regularly engage in technology-mediated distance counseling. The results highlighted two categories emerging: the counselor and training/education. Themes related to motivation and counselor attributes emerged from the first category and themes of availability, inadequacy, and modality emerged from the second. The implications from this study suggest a lack of availability of effective training on technology-mediated distance counseling. The implications also suggest areas of potential future research and program development for graduate programs.