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.

The Walking Dead Model of Gatekeeping Transparency

Jamoki Zakia Dantzler


This article uses American Movie Classic’s The Walking Dead metaphorically to discuss the most frequent issues dealing with problematic behaviors and gatekeeping in counselor education programs. This article proposes that there should be more transparency in the topic of gatekeeping and remediation. Additionally, information on which behaviors are seen as problematic should be shared with students in counselor education programs. This article provides examples on how The Walking Dead vignettes and story lines can be used as a teaching tool in class settings. It is suggested that engaging with students about problematic behaviors in counseling programs could lead to more willingness to preserve the ethical integrity of the profession.

Keywords: gatekeeping, remediation, counselor education, supervision, creativity

PDF, 311.03 KB

Join/Renew NOW!