Counsellor Training via Distance Education: Opportunities for Rural Alaskan Communities
This article focuses on the benefits of utilizing a distance education format for school and community counsellor education and training in rural Alaska. The authors highlight the need for distance education options in rural communities and discuss providing quality education, emphasizing cross-cultural competencies,, and establishing and supporting student learning outcomes surrounding distance education. Specifically, the need for maintaining a personal dimension in counsellor education is examined, as this element is necessary for developing effective relationships. A current counsellor education program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is used to demonstrate how such a format can be used to meet the needs of students in rural communities.
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