VISTAS Counselor Education and Supervision

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.

A Model of Pedagogy for Beginning Counselor Educators

Mary A. Fernandez


Counselor educators invest time creating their own counseling theoretical orientation and also take time to develop a pedagogical model. Knowing the process takes time, the author provides a framework to facilitate the transition from doctoral student to professor of counselor education. A flexible pedagogical model could ease the stress of teaching, soon after enduring the rigors of the dissertation. What a pedagogical model is or should be is not clear, but the need for diverse teaching strategies exists (Sacks, Earle, Prnjat, Jarrett, & Mendes, 2002). Using multiple teaching strategies is foundational to a learner-focused pedagogy. Granello and Hazler (1998) believe that a learner-focused pedagogy “allows for the less hierarchical and more flexible structure that would seem to fit counselor education students” (p. 93).

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