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.

Social Networking Websites and Counselors-In-Training: Ethical and Professional Issues

Nadine A. Hartig, Krista P. Terry, and Amber M. Turman


Social networking websites, such as Facebook and MySpace, have grown in tremendous popularity, particularly amongst current college and graduate students (Buckman, 2005). Facebook was created in 2004, and now, according to the most recent statistics listed on Facebook itself, there are more than 500 million active users, 50% of whom log in daily (Facebook statistics, 2010). On the Facebook website, people connect by asking to be a friend to another online participant. The recipient of this request has a choice to accept or decline the friend invitation. The average Facebook user has 130 friends (Facebook statistics, 2010).

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