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.
Creativity A-Z: Beyond the Walls of Conventional Counseling
Judith M. Ziffer and Joy B. Penney-Wietor
For more than 100 years, therapy has been provided in an office, on couches or chairs (Pressly & Heesacker, 2001), removed from the real challenges of life and “far from the madding crowd.” Except for some intervention strategies used in systematic desensitization, therapy is traditionally conducted in an office setting, limiting creative therapeutic interventions, impeding client opportunity to practice novel ways of behaving, and constricting the enhancement of the client’s own resourcefulness through creativity. To address these limitations, therapy without walls was developed and continues to evolve, fostering creativity in both therapist and client.