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.

ACA Student Members Perceptions of Wellness, Stress Management, Academic Progress and Program Satisfaction

Kaye W. Nelson, Shelley A. Jackson, Darwin B. Nelson, and Robert Smith


Given that there are minimal studies describing counseling student perceptions of personal wellness and stress, we conducted a survey exploring self-perceived levels of personal wellness, stress management, progress in program, and program satisfaction of student members of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Results were examined for interactive effects with gender, age, race, degree, income, program accreditation status, marital status, number of children, income, hours of work per week, hours of partner’s work per week, and use of medication to handle demands and stress of graduate studies. Hopefully the findings will increase understanding of how ACA student members cope with the challenges of a counselor education program, provide direction for improving wellness of graduate counseling students, and encourage improvement of orientation, advising, program management, and retention.

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