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 a Regional Supervision Training Program for School Counselors

Alan Bakes


Clinical supervision is an important part of counseling training (Goodyear & Bernard, 1998). The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) defines supervision as a tutorial and mentoring process, where a person in a supervisory position facilitates the professional development of one or more designated supervisees by monitoring and evaluating the clinical work of the student’s activities in practicum and internship (CACREP, 2001). According to the professional standards established by CACREP, counseling students must complete a 100 hour practicum in a site specific to their major or area of emphasis and receive supervision from an experienced and certified on-site counselor. CACREP also requires that a site supervisor must have a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling, a minimum of 2 years of pertinent professional experience in the program area in which the student is completing clinical instruction, and knowledge of the program’s expectations, requirements, and evaluation procedures for students.

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