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.

Doing Counseling: Bridging the Modern and Postmodern Paradigms

James Rudes and Jeffrey T. Guterman


In this article, we present solution-focused counseling (de Shazer et al., 1986), a clinical system informed by postmodernism, as a process model that serves as a framework from which to develop a strategic approach to eclecticism. Our approach speaks to the need for convergence between the modernist and postmodernist schools and, in particular, an increased respect and understanding of other clinical models. According to Linares (2001), such an effort involves “moving beyond postmodernism in an integrative way” (p. 410). Strategic eclecticism addresses this need by allowing for the systematic and compatible use of a multitude of theories and techniques.

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