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.

Developing Wisdom in Counselors of the Future: Ignatian Pedagogy Applied to Counselor Education and Supervision

Linda C. Osterlund


The counselor’s wisdom has been identified as an essential ingredient to culturally relevant counseling. The Ignatian pedagogical paradigm (IPP) is a promising avenue for developing wisdom traits in counselors. Cultural relevance and openness to different perspectives are integral to IPP in terms of the use of focused reflection on personal context, the person’s relationship to the world, action taken in response to experience, and reflection on that experience. Character traits of wisdom are defined and the relevance of wisdom in the development of effective, culturally relevant therapeutic relationships is established. The five components of IPP are described and related to the development of the counselor’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes. It is theorized that wisdom in the self of the counselor is developed as the IPP is applied in counselor education. Applications of IPP are discussed in relation to clinical practice, leadership roles, and counselor education programs.

Keywords: counselor education and supervision, self of the counselor, wisdom, pedagogy

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