VISTAS School Counseling

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.

Personal Impacts of a School-Based Youth Court Intervention: An Exploratory Study

Nancy E. Bodenhorn and Simone F. Lambert


This paper discusses youth courts (YCs), which are based on restorative justice principles, as an alternative to traditional retributive discipline. Authors present results from YCs in two Southeastern urban high schools. Results from the study indicate 443 suspension days averted, low recidivism (44% overall and 63% of first offenders incurred no more infractions), increased happiness, and continued involvement with YCs among the respondents. Implications and recommendations for school counselors are included.

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