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.
Creating a Personal Counseling Theory
Jerry A. Mobley and George M. Gazda
To explore a structure for creating a personal counseling theory, this counselor training model begins with the distillation of counselor theories into 13 dominant approaches to counseling, integrates 7 of those theories around existentialism, and establishes a sequence of stages for counselor development by applying Bloom’s (1964) taxonomy and feedback from counselor trainers of their perceptions of 13 dominant theories. The goal of these processes is to improve how we help people by integrating key theories and strategies into a more unified model.