VISTAS Career Counseling and Development

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.

Early Recollections and Career Counseling: Identity, Adaptability, and Meaningful Work

Kevin B. Stoltz and Marty Apodaca


The use of early memories continues to be a technique used across many counseling specialties. Career counseling is experiencing a re-emergence in the use of early recollections based on their application to narrative approaches. The purpose of this article is to review the uses of early recollections in career counseling and highlight their use in narrative approaches. The article includes a description of collecting and using early recollections to help clients identify strengths and adaptability, develop identity and meaning, and promote understanding of the individual’s unique approach to work.

Keywords: early recollections, career counseling, career construction, Individual Psychology

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