VISTAS Technology and 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.

Working With Gamers: Implications for Counselors

Gerra W. Perkins, Kristy A. Brumfield, E. Noel Collins, and Nicky T. Morris


It is important to note that not all video games are violent, and there are many games that are both age-appropriate and content-appropriate. The purpose of this article is to provide counselor educators, school counselors, and other practicing counselors with an objective look at video gaming. The potential benefits and detriments will be explained. Also, the idea of gaming as an “addiction” will be discussed. The types of video games will be described and the reasons people play will be examined. Finally, implications for counselors will be addressed.

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