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.

Shattering the Dichotomy - Integrating Diagnosis and Wellness

Rebecca Tadlock-Marlo


Through a voluntary, confidential, intentional relationship, counselors are able to work with clients from a wellness perspective, or a premise that individuals can change in positive ways despite the presenting issue. From this wellness perspective, diagnosis is often viewed as a counter-productive, mutually exclusive archetype. However, this article presents a model for uniting a wellness lens and diagnostic perspective into a complimentary paradigm. Implications for counselor education programs and supervision practices are included.

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