Background: To examine counselors' perceptions of their formal preparation for engaging in telemental health (TMH) counseling with the intent of gaining an understanding of their lived experiences.
Materials and Methods: Semistructured interviews were conducted with seven seasoned counselors who regularly engage in technology-mediated distance counseling.
Results: The results highlighted themes within two emerging categories: the counselor and training/education. Themes related to motivation and specific counselor attributes emerged from the first category and themes of availability, inadequacy, and modality emerged from the second category.
Discussion: The implications from this study suggest a lack of availability and standardization of effective training on TMH delivery.
Conclusion: This study identifies areas of potential future research related to counselors' preparation experiences as well specific areas of need for TMH training in counseling graduate programs and other natural opportunities.
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0000-0002-5586-3415 (Moe), 0000-0001-9157-3493 (Pribesh)
Original Publication Citation
Holland, D. C., Moe, J. L., Schwitzer, A. M. W., Pribesh, S., & Franklin, J. (2023). Counselors' perceptions of their preparedness for telemental health services: A phenomenological examination. Telemedicine Reports, 4(1), 279-285. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmr.2021.0011
Holland, Daniel C.; Moe, Jeffry L.; Schwitzer, Alan M. "Woody"; Pribesh, Shana; and Franklin, Jeanel, "Counselors' Perceptions of Their Preparedness for Telemental Health Services: A Phenomenological Examination" (2023). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 96.