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.

Discovering the Royal Road to Career Satisfaction Through Writing and Art

Kendall Dudley


Good work dwells in the intersection of one’s skills, hope, power and life story and as such is rich and complex, shifting with changes in oneself and the wider environment. In the 20 years I’ve been a career counselor, I’ve seen my own work shift dramatically and yet I still see myself occupying the same occupational title. Everyone has their own story or stories about work and whether starting out or starting over, the search for meaningful work comes back to the redefinition of those points of reference that guide one forward. The process of reencountering oneself can take many shapes (talking, therapy, long walks, poetry, music, school) but I’d like to focus on two, journal writing and art. These are not to replace whatever process being used by clients but to help them make the most of what they are already doing.

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