Vistas Online 2005

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.


Culture-Specific Psychoeducational Induction Talk as an Intervention to Increase Service Utilization Among Minority Populations: The Case of Korean Americans

Josephine M. Kim


Given the heterogeneity among minority populations, subgroups should not be combined in such an intervention. Instead, a spectrum of psychological matters should be presented to a targeted group of people, addressing mental health issues that are acutely specific to that cohort. Cultural specificity ensures the dissemination of information on the culture-bound vulnerabilities that place specific populations at risk for various emotional distresses; this full knowledge of risk factors is a necessary prerequisite for primary and secondary interventions. Thus, without a clear acknowledgment of such risk factors, it is unlikely that one would seek professional counseling services, let alone benefit from primary and secondary interventions.

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