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.

Out of the Ivory Tower and into the School-Based Practicum.

Marielle A. Brandt and A. Jonathan Porteus


This paper describes a successful faculty-taught school-based practicum model. The effective collaboration that emerges from this innovative blend of school-based instruction and supervision positively impacts schools and helps develop exemplary counselors who are critical thinkers, leaders and advocates. The reader will be provided with: (I) an introduction framing issues critical to the development of school counselorsin-training; (II) information regarding the structure of an integrative and collaborative school-based practicum targeting high need schools; and (III) a description of key issues in initiating similar practica in schools serving highly diverse, at-risk students and families. The authors also discuss the notion of ‘continuity of pedagogy’—the instructional corollary to ‘continuity of care’ in counseling.

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