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.

Leaving No School Counselor Behind

Carol A. Dahir and Carolyn Stone


School counselors who address improving student results will contribute to raising the achievement level for every student. By examining their practice and looking carefully at their way of working, school counselors can articulate and communicate how their contributions positively affect student achievement and, thus, share accountability for school improvement with other members of the faculty. Partnership with education professionals demonstrates a willingness to improve results and to help to close the achievement gap that exists among students of color and students of poverty. The school counseling program, which is now aligned with the educational enterprise, is data driven, proactive and preventive in focus, and assists students in acquiring and applying lifelong learning skills. School counselors can advocate for the academic success for every student while delivering the content of the school counseling program in a comprehensive and accountable manner

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