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.

Life Career Development: A Needed Perspective for all Counseling

Norman C. Gysbers


Given the complexity of the conditions and issues that clients are facing today, how can counselors help them understand and reckon with these conditions and issues? I believe that a perspective of human growth and development called “life career development” can be helpful. It can provide a way for clients and counselors to see relevant client conditions and issues in meaningful relationships. It can offer real-world language to identify, describe, and understand client issues and conditions, a language that clients can understand and can use to begin to solve their problems and reach their goals.

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