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.

Protecting Our Gatekeepers? Hard Lessons Learned from the Dismissal of a Graduate Counseling Student

Lisa R. Jackson-Cherry


Traditionally, it is the supervisors of practicum and internship who have been viewed as the sole gatekeepers. Practicum and internship placements are most frequently at the end of the program, but warning signs may be evident at other points in the student’s training program. Prepracticum placements, initial counseling skills courses, content courses, and field experiences implemented in other courses may allow faculty to determine personal issues which could be addressed early on in the program through a student review process. Students need to be aware of the expectations, policies, and procedures so that if decisions are made regarding remediation or dismissal, they have previous awareness of the importance of addressing personal issues that may interfere in working with clients.

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