VISTAS Counseling College Students

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.

Counseling International Students

Julia F. Kronholz


Considering the increasing diversity of our culture and the continued growth of globalization, it is essential to investigate the topic of counseling international students in a collegiate setting. This manuscript will discuss aspects of counseling as they relate to international students. Focus is centered on the counseling theories and empirically supported therapy techniques utilized with international students attending college in the United States. This paper discusses the considerations important to counseling international students, such as demographic information, challenges to service delivery, mental health issues specific to international students, and gaps in the literature. Additionally, a review of current literature reveals how theory and intervention might be used to help counselors integrate existing knowledge into practice. Specifically, personcentered theory and cognitive behavior therapy are discussed as effective approaches when working with international students. This paper concludes with example treatment modalities for this population and implications for further study.

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