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.
Counseling African American Women: Issues, Challenges, and Intervention Strategies
Angela D. Coker
This article explores factors related to the utilization of counseling services by African American women. Personal perceptions, fear of social stigma, traditional coping strategies, support systems, and financial issues impact African American women’s usage of formal counseling. Recommendations are made for counselors who are interested in working with African Americans.