Vistas Online 2006

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.


Quality Well-being Through A Balanced Lifestyle - A Focus On Making It Happen

Joseph D. Dear


Participants of this program will understand how wellbeing is attained and maintained through a balanced lifestyle. They will explore various strategies that can be used personally or with their clients. Stephen Covey talks about “Effective Living.” In his book, The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. 1 This presenter adopted a few of those habits and has added several other positive habits that lead to a lifestyle of quality wellbeing. J. Melvin Witmer, Jane Myers and Tom Sweeney talk about “Dimensions of Healthy Functioning.” In their Wheel of Wellness2, they mention sixteen “dimensions” that look at the person as a whole. In the paragraphs that follow, we will incorporate several of those dimensions into our areas of focus toward quality wellbeing along with an implementation strategy to make it happen. The focus of this program is multi-dimensional, encompassing physical, mental, spiritual, social, financial, professional, family life, civic involvement, and personal aspects of wellbeing to be considered. Interwoven throughout the program, in order to capture these nine areas of life, will be the following twelve “work engine topics” related to making the healthy lifestyle happen: (1) healthy lifestyle; (2) self assessment; (3) commitment; (4) decision making; (5) focus on building strengths; (6) motivation; (7) problem solving; (8) organization; (9) time; (10) support; (11) change and (12) action.

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