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.


Can Counselors Learn to Accurately Assess Their Skills

William J. Lepkowski and Jill Packman


How competent am I as a counselor? What are my strengths and weaknesses? These are two of many important questions deserving of counselor self-reflection. The American Counseling Association (ACA) emphasizes the value of counselor self-awareness in order to accurately appraise one’s skills and boundaries of competence (ACA, 1995). ACA ethics also require counselors to monitor and enhance their skills when needed. Self-assessing one’s performance is important to answer these questions and determine the scope of practice. The ability to accurately assess skills is also magnified by arguments that some counselors may not receive as much supervision as would be ideal (Morrissette, 2001). It may be, that as trainees become practitioners, many will have to rely on their own ability to appraise their performance.

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