Building Community and Trust in an Online Environment through Intentional Course Design

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

The session highlights a process involving course design for a group counseling course taught exclusively online using both asynchronous and synchronous technology. The course is experiential and actively engages students in the course content and counseling process. Both the instructor and instructional designer will share the development process, tips for instructional design, and future considerations.



Dr. Angie Smith received her doctorate degree in Counselor Education at North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina. Currently, she is a Teaching Assistant Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Supervisor (LPC-S) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her experience as well as research and teaching interests include career counseling and development, online teaching and learning modalities, supervision in counseling, college counseling, and student development. Her most recent career pursuits include developing and teaching courses for an Online Master’s Program at North Carolina State University and co-authoring a book about online teaching within the helping professions.

Extended Abstract


• Create an experiential learning experience in the online version of this course

• Build an active online community

• Create a secure environment for students while conducting group sessions

• Research and find different technologies to deliver group counseling sessions online effectively

• Add visuals and interactions to support and reinforce learning