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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.

Counselors' Questioning Skills Repertoire: What We Use and What We Don't

Darren A. Wozny and Joshua C. Watson


Questions are the primary tool counselors utilize to learn about their clients’ experiences. Counselor competency can be divided into content and process competency. However, counselor content competency (i.e., suicide risk assessment) is a function of the counselor’s process competency (i.e., questioning skills repertoire). Thus, the main purpose of the article is to examine which aspects of Brown’s (1997) question cube counselors utilize when posing suicide risk assessment questions in response to a case vignette.

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