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.

Drawing From Native American Tradition in Counseling All Children

Darline Hunter


Many of our children feel disconnected from society and themselves. This sense of separateness is displayed in academic and legal difficulties, acting out behavior, and emotional disturbance. The Native American tradition teaches the harmonious coexistence of everything in our natural environment. This harmony can heal the disconnectedness that our children and adolescents feel and are acting out. The interrelatedness of this philosophy can be used to help our students reconnect to society and to themselves and to nature. The healing power of nature has long been attested to by poets and prophets, but it is more currently being reviewed in the literature of counseling under the various nomenclatures of animal-facilitated therapy, horticulture therapy, and natural environment therapy. Native American lore abounds with reference to and reverence for this special bond between people and nature. Contemporary writers assert that mental health may be directly related to this relationship.

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