VISTAS Counseling Veterans and Military Families

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.

Bridging the Gap Between Veterans and Civilian Clinicians

Melissa L. Culbreth, Gwendolyn Newsome, and Peggy P. Whiting


This article’s purpose is threefold: to articulate a portrait unique to the new generation of veterans; to identify existential/transpersonal, animal-assisted, and play therapy approaches with veterans and military families; and to advocate the use of trauma informed practices by counselors. Culturally competent civilian counselors best serve veterans and military families when their practice includes collaborative approaches, individual and family focused processes, community coordinated efforts, strength based and meaning reconstructive ideas, and polytraumatic care needs.

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