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.
Counselor Education in Practice: Design and Implementation of a Counseling Course Based in Theory and Practice
The intent of the paper is to focus on the process of creating and implementing a graduate counseling class. It will specifically address how a rethinking of the teaching process led to an examination of teaching methods, counseling theory and usefulness in practice. The result incorporated and linked multiple components of the program and school’s mission, teaching pedagogy, critical thinking, and personal experience to the student learning outcomes and enabled the class to have an awareness of theory (Existentialism, Solution Focus, Systems, Feminism, Jungian, Person Centered), theory in practice (micro skills, counselors role, cultural aspects, use of questions, transference and countertransference) and their profession (how rehabilitation counseling relates to inclusion in society, quality of life, and employment). The goal was to go beyond presenting factual information; for the students to contribute to a class atmosphere of analysis and synthesis that would be able to be applied to their profession.