Year: 1982 Source: Professional Psychology, v.13, no.4, (1982), p.565-570 SIEC No: 19831364

Explores the use of computers in counselling and psychotherapy, i.e. the interactive PLATO system. The use of one of Plato’s capabilities is presented as a case history. When confronted with a cry for help over the computer network, the limitations of the system for offering long-distance crisis intervention are realized. Ethical issues regarding such contacts are outlined to sensitize psychologists to the possibility of future crisis situations when dealing with a computer network.