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.

Professional Counseling in Rural Settings: Raising Awareness Through Discussion and Self-Study With Implications for Training and Support

Dorothy Breen and Deborah L. Drew


For the writing of this article we traveled more than an hour from two different points in rural Maine, one from the western mountains, and the other from the north central section, to a central meeting place. Typical of an early autumn morning, we both saw moose on our drive. One saw a big, old bull moose with a huge rack meandering into the woods, after grazing for a while on the side of the road. The other saw a cow moose and her calf ambling across the road, causing the only other car on the road to stop to allow them to pass. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the drive on this beautiful fall morning as the sun was rising over the hills and mountains where the leaves were just turning to brilliant colors.

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