VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

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.

Three Tiered Model Toward Improved Self-Awareness and Self-Care

Angel R. Dowden, Jeffrey M. Warren, and Hasseim Kambui


The American Counseling Association (ACA) 2005 Code of Ethics encourages counselors to practice self-care and strive toward self-awareness. When counselors engage in practices that foster wellness and awareness, they are better positioned to provide effective services to clients (Warren, Morgan, Morris, & Morris, 2010). The Introduction of Section C of the ACA Code of Ethics (ACA, 2005), indicates, “counselors engage in self-care activities to maintain and promote their emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being to best meet their professional responsibilities” (p. 9). Furthermore, ACA (2010) offers support to counselors via their Web site ( by providing resources aimed at increasing self-awareness and wellness.

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