VISTAS Perspectives on Counseling Today and Tomorrow

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.

VISTAS–Perspectives on Counseling 2004: Is a Judicious Makeover at Hand for Counseling?

Garry R. Walz and Richard Yep


Knowledge is key to the effective work of professional counselors. Without knowledge, counselors can make decisions or take actions that lead them in inappropriate directions until they “bump into” a reality of which they were totally unaware. No matter how carefully planned or thought through, a counselor response driven by faulty knowledge can only be of limited utility. Basically, a counselor response is no better than the knowledge on which it is based.

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