ACES Technology Competencies for Counselor Education
- Counselors with core technology competencies use software programs and tools to streamline administrative and bookkeeping processes, freeing themselves to devote more time to interacting with patients. In addition, counselors can use software to access international databases and libraries, for quick access to numerous resources and research.
Connect with Others
- Social networking reduces -- and in some cases effectively erases -- distance barriers, enabling professionals to share expertise and experience. ACES technology competencies allow counselors to access a wide support community of fellow practitioners. Counselors across all industries can benefit from connecting with a global network of other professionals.
- Counselors constantly analyze data concerning their clients, methods of treatment, and the business aspects of their practice. The ability to analyze data efficiently and correctly proves critical to developing professionals, particularly in the newer fields such as group, interpersonal and cross-cultural counseling. ACES technology competencies help counselors record and evaluate what happens in their practices, facilitating continuous improvement.
- As they evolve, technologies pose new and different ethical situations. Counselors need to know how to handle issues that arise from the use of technologies, such as how to protect privileged information. Thus, ACES core technology competencies include a deep understanding of technology ethics.