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Professional Master’s Degree Students’ Perceptions on the Changes Digitalisation Imposes on Counselling in the Social and Health Care Sector

Unit of Digital Education and Master Programmes, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, 02650 Espoo, Finland
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6243; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176243
Received: 9 June 2020 / Revised: 25 August 2020 / Accepted: 26 August 2020 / Published: 27 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Healthcare Work and the Role of Clients in Change)
The study portrays the social and health care master’s students’ (N = 19) perceptions on the changes in work practices due to digitalisation, with a special focus on online counselling. Furthermore, the data include thoughts on the impact digitalised interaction, i.e., online counselling, has on their work and professional identities. The students studied how the motivational interviewing method combined with a solution-focused counselling approach is applicable in online settings by using simulation pedagogy. The data consisted of students’ learning diaries. Furthermore, the data were analysed using inductive content analysis. The results show that the digitalisation of work practices demands blended professionalism, which allows the professional to work both face-to-face and online with clients. In addition, the education of social and health care professionals needs to address the lack of competences and skills in digitalised work practices and provide a conceptual and practical understanding of blended professionalism in the sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitalisation; online counselling; blended professionalism; social and health care digitalisation; online counselling; blended professionalism; social and health care
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Silvennoinen, P. Professional Master’s Degree Students’ Perceptions on the Changes Digitalisation Imposes on Counselling in the Social and Health Care Sector. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176243

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Silvennoinen P. Professional Master’s Degree Students’ Perceptions on the Changes Digitalisation Imposes on Counselling in the Social and Health Care Sector. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(17):6243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176243

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Silvennoinen, Piia. 2020. "Professional Master’s Degree Students’ Perceptions on the Changes Digitalisation Imposes on Counselling in the Social and Health Care Sector" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 17: 6243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176243

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