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.

Multiple Assessment Methods and Sources in Counseling Ethical Considerations

Monica Leppma and Karyn Dayle Jones


Assessment is a fundamental component both of the counseling process and ethical client care. Although the assessment research literature promotes the use of multiple data collection methods and sources, current professional standards in the counseling field focus primarily on standardized instruments, with little attention given to qualitative assessment methods or the use of multiple methods and sources. This article provides an overview of assessment using multiple data collection methods and sources, a review of current ethical codes related to assessment, and implications and recommendations for counselors regarding the importance of using multiple method, multiple source assessment.

Keywords: assessment, multiple methods, counselor professional, ethics

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