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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.

Counselor Dispositions: An Added Dimension for Admissions Decisions

Fred Redekop and Brian Wlazelek


Assessing applicants for counselor dispositions—those characteristics or variables that define an effective counselor—is a strategy that can be used by counseling programs to assist with admission decisions. Modifying Wasicsko’s (2007) model, counselor educators decided to add a dispositions element as a first step in exploring a dispositions model in counselor selection. In order to illustrate how this model can be applied, examples are analyzed according to the four categories of the scale: Perception of Self; Perception of Others; Perception of Purpose; and Frame of Reference. This paper addresses strengths and limitations of this strategy, along with recommendations for developing it as a viable admissions tool.

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