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.

Knowledge vs. Wisdom in DSM Diagnosis A Person-Centered Perspective

Peter D. Ladd


The most important teachings that I have learned from these unforgettable individuals is they all carry a specific message namely, “Less is more” Their messages are focused on obtaining the simplicity found in wisdom rather than in the complexity found in accumulating knowledge or expertise. In some ways, this has made their humor, humility and honor essential guidelines in my self-evaluation. Regardless of the knowledge I have gathered over the years, it is these and other simple messages that have helped define my identity. Whether it is Frankl’s search for meaning in suffering, or Roger’s holistic view of humans growing and changing, or Native Healers cultural understanding of balance, these messages go beyond knowledge and have helped many of us find wisdom in how to evaluate ourselves. These simple messages have also helped in how to evaluate others and are at the foundation of my presentation, today.

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