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.

Thoughts on Theories

Roberta A. Neault, Deirdre A. Pickerell, Norman E. Amundson, Nancy Arthur, James E. H. Bright, Robert G. Pryor, and John D. Krumboltz


A special issue of the Journal of Employment Counseling in December 2011 presented 13 brief articles from 17 current career counseling thought leaders (Arthur & Collins, Leong, Pope, Krumboltz, Schlossberg, Bright & Pryor, Hansen, McMahon, Niles, Magnusson & Redekopp, Savickas, Amundson, and Neault & Pickerell). Eight of those authors came together at the NCDA 2013 conference in Boston to participate in a “Thoughts on Theories” panel based on their contributions to that special issue. All agreed that, if time permitted, it would have been interesting to apply their theories and approaches to a common case. Seven of the original authors and NCDA panelists have contributed to a brief case conceptualization that vividly illustrates the similarities and differences in their approaches to working with clients. Approaches included in this article include the Chaos Theory of Careers, Culture-Infused Career Counselling, Career Engagement, Happenstance Learning Theory, and Active Engagement through Metaphors.

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