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.

Healing Children, Adolescents and Families Nature-ly

Darline Hunter


The healing power of nature has long been attested to by poets and prophets, but it is more currently being reviewed in the literature of counseling under the various nomenclatures of animal facilitated therapy, ecopsychology, horticulture therapy and natural environment therapy (Kaplan, 1992; Moore, 1989; Nebbe, 1995; Roszak, T, Gomes, M. E. & Kanner, A. D., 1995). Religious and cultural studies indicate that humans and nature have always had a natural relationship, which provides for the spiritual and practical needs of people (Berry, 1988; Fox, 1988).

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