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 Professional Counselor and the Diagnostic Process: Challenges and Opportunities for Education and Training

Mary Beth Mannarino, Mary Jo Loughran, and Deanna Hamilton


Counseling as a profession has expanded over the years from initially performing guidance and vocational activities with healthy individuals to actively providing education and mental health care to clients with varying levels of functioning. However, through the evolution of their profession, counselors have consistently supported the promotion of “respect for human dignity and diversity” in all professional activities (American Counseling Association, 2005, p. 2).

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