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.

From Confusion to Celebration: The Dual Roles of School Counselors as Healers and Educators

Sarah Kit-Yee Lam


Professional associations have done a lot in advocating for the school counseling profession: updating the ethical guidelines for school counselors (American School Counselor Association [ASCA], 2004a), and compiling research studies that support the efficacy of school counseling (ASCA, 2004b). Unfortunately, many students in school counseling and some practicing school counselors continue to struggle over the identity confusion described in the early 1990s (Borders & Drury, 1992; Hoyt, 1993; Schmidt, 1993; Shertzer & Stone, 1973).

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