VISTAS Counseling Families and Adults

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.

Family Resilience Following Disability: Enhancing Counselors’ Skills

Susan Stuntzner and Michael Hartley


Resilience is a relatively new research concept that has yet to receive the
attention it needs to be adequately applied to individuals with disabilities and
their families. Resilience as an approach, solution, or set of skills has scantly
been applied to families dealing with the advent of disability. The information
provided is intended to change this trend. Counselors can enhance their work
with families living with a disability by understanding ways disability may
influence family functioning and how familial coping impacts personal coping
and adaptation to disability, as well as utilizing strategies to help families become
more resilient following disability.

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