Journal of Human Services
Online relationships are an increasing phenomenon in our contemporary society. While many individuals experience successful online relationships, there are clear physical, emotional, and financial risks to meeting a partner online. This manuscript addresses the nature of online relationships and the potential consequences of engaging in an online relationship. Given the large number of individuals who seek out the internet for a potential partner, human service practitioners are in an ideal position to work with clients engaging in relationships online. This manuscript also discusses different strategies and interventions that human service practitioners can employ when working with clients involved in online relationships. These interventions align with the Human Services Professional Standards, namely the Skills Standards and the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) Ethical Standards. Recommendations for future research are also included in this manuscript.
Original Publication Citation
Craigen, L. M., Cole, R. F., & Cowan, R. G. (2013). Online relationships and the role of the human service practitioner. Journal of Human Services, 33(1), 29-43.
Craigen, Laurie M.; Cole, Rebekah F.; and Cowan, Rebecca G., "Online Relationships and the Role of the Human Service Practitioner" (2013). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 23.