VISTAS Counseling Children and Adolescents

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.

Preparing the Next Generation: Implementing New Paradigms for School Counseling Preservice and Practce

Carol A. Dahir and Carolyn B. Stone


School counseling practice has undergone a transformation similar to the experience of the academic disciplines. The concept of deep restructuring is a matter of drawing up an appropriate vision of human potential and of aiming for the stars (Hillard, 1991, p. 34). During the past 10 years the professional school counseling community has positioned itself as an influential partner in contemporary school improvement. Connecting school counseling to the mission of schools and education reform has contributed to eliminate the barriers to educational opportunity for every student. As school counselors address the challenge of closing the gap outlined in the No Child Left Behind Act (U.S. Department of Education, 2001), they are seen as critical players in raising student aspirations and in helping every student meet the rigors of the academic standards to achieve a quality education

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