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.

Humanistic Helpers

Travis W. Schermer, Michelle S. Hinkle, Lynne Guillot Miller, and Cristen Chiri


The study used Q methodology to explore how mental health and school counseling students defined counseling. Students sorted 34 statements about the counseling profession from “most like” to “most unlike” their views. A consensus perception emerged from the data—Humanistic Helpers, which accounted for all responses and emphasized a humanistic identity. Two specificities of the consensus perception also emerged, (a) Shared Benefits and (b) Responsibility, which provided additional nuanced views of the profession. Implications for counselor education and counselor identity are explored.

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