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.
The Bullying Project
Le’Ann L. Solmonson
Bullying is an issue that appears frequently in professional literature, as well as in the mainstream media. The focus on the subject has resulted in an increased awareness of the need for prevention programs in schools and legislation in some states. This paper details a collaborative project between a School Counselor Education program and a charter school. The project was comprised of several elements including classroom guidance lessons, teacher education sessions, and parent education sessions. The project also included a trip to the state capitol to advocate for legislation related to bullying in schools. The individuals involved included graduate students, two fifth grade classrooms, a university professor, classroom teachers, school administration, and parents. Reflection data from all stakeholders indicated the project was successful in changing the social climate within the classrooms.