VISTAS Multicultural Issues in Counseling

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.

Advocacy for English Language Learners and the Role of Interpreters to Assist Counselors

Emiliano Gonzalez and Marie Faubert


This paper focuses on addressing issues in advocating for clients whose native
languages are not English. As immigrants and other English language learners
continue to come to the United States, counselor educators and supervisors have
opportunities to encourage their bilingual or multilingual counselor education
students to become professional clinical mental health interpreters to better serve
the needs of such individuals. The authors argue that counselor education
programs have opportunities to prepare students and provide the knowledge,
abilities, and skills necessary to work successfully with language diverse clients.

Keywords: advocacy, bilingual, culturally competent, native language, English
language learners (ELLs), English as a Second Language (ESL), interpretation,

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