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.

Cultivating Authentic Community in Counseling Programs Through Faculty-Student Relationships

Justin D. Lauka, Kimberly A. Hart, Margaret Binhackova, and Erin N. Friedman


The purpose of this article is to propel dialogue on how to cultivate and sustain a
culture of nurturing and balanced professional relationships within counselor education
programs through examination of literature as well as discussion on direct application to
counselor education programs. A brief overview of organizational culture and climate
will be provided, and key concepts that contribute to healthy program culture in
counselor education programs will be examined. Particular attention will be paid to the
faculty-student relationships within counselor education programs as well as potential
gray areas and pitfalls in managing these relationships. A general framework will be
provided that outlines important elements of a healthy environment and culture within
counseling programs; potential challenges and ethics will be discussed.

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