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 Students' Perceptions of Counseling Effectiveness
Within counseling effectiveness research, considerable importance has been placed on the factors that contribute to successful outcomes. Knowledge of the determinants of successful counseling is essential in order for counselors to improve therapeutic efficacy, for counselor educators to incorporate current research into instruction, and for counseling students to begin their training with the proper understanding of counseling procedures. However, studies have indicated that as a whole, counseling professionals underutilize research which can lead to erroneous conceptions of what makes counseling effective (Herman, 1993). Inaccurate perceptions of counselor competence have been demonstrated with counseling students (e.g., Yager, 1984), yet there is a lack of discussion in the literature regarding what these perceptions actually are, particularly in regard to what counseling students specifically believe contributes to effective counseling.