VISTAS Effective Counseling Interventions, Tools, and Techniques

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.

Increasing Student Self-Efficacy Through Counselor Education Teaching Methods

Justin Brogan, Elisabeth Suarez, Mark Rehfuss, and Ron Shope


As counselor educators look at the development of future counselors, counselor self-efficacy (CSE) has been proven a vital component in the provision of efficacious treatment (Stoltenberg, McNeill, & Delworth, 1998). While elements of self-efficacy have been researched in relationship to supervision style, most pedagogical aspects of counselor education have been ignored, including CSE (Nelson & Neufeldt, 1998; Sexton, 1998). Having a greater sense of perceived competency or self-efficacy determines how people behave, how they think, and how they react emotionally to strenuous situations (Bandura, 1982). Additionally, increased measures of CSE enhance counselor performance, improving the ability to assist clients in meeting goals (Griffith & Frieden, 2000).

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