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.

Advanced Group Training for School Counselors

Richard S. Balkin and George R. Leddick


School counselors understand that group counseling and group guidance serve as cornerstones for a comprehensive developmental guidance curriculum (Gysbers & Henderson, 2000; Myrick, 2002). Groups were identified as a tool to increase productive learning (Myrick, 2002) and as more effective interventions for students with emotional/ behavioral issues, such as ADHD (Webb & Myrick, 2003). Group counseling sessions emulate peer relationships outside the group setting and assist in the acquisition of social skills important for social and academic success (Webb & Myrick, 2003). Despite the importance of utilizing groups in schools, most counselors have taken only one introductory group class (Conyne, Wilson, & Ward, 1997) and are left to discover for themselves how to prioritize goals for implementing groups. The purpose of this article is to identify advanced issues in employing groups and increasing competence in group utilization for school counselors.

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