VISTAS Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability and Research in Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Exploring Meaning in Life and Crisis Experiences With Graduate Counseling Students

Lorraine M. Dinkel and Roxane L. Dufrene


In this study, the authors explored graduate counseling students’ meaning in life and their crisis experiences across age groups. The theoretical framework was based on Frankl’s theory of logotherapy. Today, we can find many parallels to Frankl’s descriptions of suffering in the disasters experienced by graduate counseling students. Discoveries of graduate counseling students’ meaning in life with crisis experiences are outlined with suggestions for future training.

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