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.

Mood Management: A Cognitive Behavioral Skills Building Program for Adolescents

Carol A. Langelier


Many adolescents are frequently confronted with a wide range of negative emotions that interfere with their ability to function effectively in academic, vocational, and social settings. Emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety can vary in intensity from mild to severe and can be triggered by both acute and chronic factors. As adolescents struggle to cope with the challenges of identity development, learning to effectively respond to the emotional demands they encounter from day to day is essential to their success in school, work, and social settings (Cash, 2003; Velting, Setzer, & Albano, 2004).

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