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.
The Revised Stage of Change Model and the Treatment Planning Process
Michael J. Dolan, Thomas A. Seay, and Thomas C. Vellela
Understanding counseling begins with a theory to explain the change process. It is treatment planning that provides counselors with the access route to create client change. The treatment planning process has undergone numerous iterations along the way to the form it takes today. Somewhere along the way it stopped being a tool for the counselor and became an icon of managed care gone awry. Counselors must now reclaim treatment planning as the valuable tool that it has been for the profession. By reclaiming treatment planning, we reclaim the change process.