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.

Crash : Modernism meets postmodernism

Jerry A. Mobley


As the movie Crash (Haggis, 2004) illustrates, Western culture has experienced a crash as postmodern assumptions have challenged its modernistic ones. Counseling has made the transition from attempting to replicate research in the physical sciences to studying people in their context; and from studying just “dead white theorists” to valuing diversity and responsiveness to multicultural issues. Epistemology and ontology are embedded in these discussions, and understanding these terms can help counselors and counselor educators to avoid “crashes” and adapt to the changes.

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