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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.

Bridging the Professional Gap: Mentoring School Counselors-in-Training

Kelly Duncan, Robin Svendsen, Tobin Bakkedahl, and Lisa Sitzman


One benefit of mentoring is that it is a reciprocal learning relationship. Although the mentee is the direct focus, the mentor is dually rewarded for participating in the program (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2008). A mentorship program allows for the more experienced professional to advocate, to give back to his or her profession, and to stay current on professional trends and practices (Smith, 2007). Mentoring can help develop useful leadership skills, elicit network opportunities with other professionals, and promote an increase in overall job satisfaction and pride. According to Alleman et al. (1984), mentoring has personal and professional benefits for each mentee. It also provides opportunities for individuals to learn the managerial politics found in educational settings (Rawlins & Rawlins, 1983).

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