VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

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.

Moving Forward: Issues in Trauma Response and Treatment

Jane M. Webber, J. Barry Mascari, Micheal Dubi, and J. Eric Gentry


The field of trauma treatment is at a crossroads. Evolving research and experience demonstrate that there is a strong need to include trauma response and treatment skills across counselor training. Advances in traumatology further indicate the need to separate trauma treatment into individual trauma treatment (sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence) and mass disaster mental health response (hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks). While both require trauma response, they are in fact different kinds of trauma events and necessitate specialized skills.

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