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.

The School Counselor’s Role in Easing Students’ Transition From Elementary to Middle School

Matthew Mayberry


Research has revealed excellent strategies to increase the effectiveness of study skills and time management for children and adolescents (Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, 2004). Unfortunately, often when there is a lack of congruity between teacher perceptions and student performance, the fault is placed with the student and not the school’s practices. In many cases, to find fault with practice equates with ineptitude. It is important, though, that counselors and others take responsibility for what goes on within their schools because students take their cues from those who should be in charge. Griffith (1996) found that the quality of interpersonal relationships in the classroom and the organization of the school was related to students’ sense of alienation, satisfaction, and level of conflict. These intangibles can only be created by counselors and other adults within the school.

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