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.

Cost-Effective Modalities for Use by Student Chapters of Professional Organizations in Online Settings

Michelle M. Aliff, Evans H. Spears, and Curt R. Finger


The use of technology has increased dramatically over the past decade in universities, and the number of colleges and universities offering online educational programs is a testament to the increase. Technology can be used as a cost-effective method for increasing participation and communication across the professional landscape, both in terms of education and professional development. Students participating in student organizations that are affiliated with professional organizations are groups of students in a formal group supported by at least one faculty member. This faculty member serves as a mentor and valuable resource to students in the group. Student professional organizations can benefit from the use of cost-effective modalities to increase their participation in the professional arena.Technology has allowed for the development of many cost-effective modalities for professional development through student chapters such as Web conferencing, listservs, and online mediums for discussion topics, and has fostered an environment that allows for more participation of underrepresented populations. Technology also allows for a broader application of social learning theory and social constructivism via creating virtual learning environments that allow for professional development

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