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.

Why Counselors Shouldn’t Let Testing Leave Them Behind

Janet E. Wall


Assessment plays a pivotal role in the profession of counseling. Basing judgments, decisions, and interventions specifically on information acquired in some systematic and objective way is of major importance in the life of a practicing counselor. Decisions relating to marriage and family counseling, career counseling, academic counseling, addictions counseling, and mental health counseling often require the use of observations, interviews, surveys, rating scales, and checklists, as well as more formalized assessments and tests. Failing to use tests and assessments when and where they are appropriate limits the effectiveness of a counselor in serving his or her clientele.

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