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 Essence of Transforming the School Counseling Program
Cynthia Palmer Mason
The new millennium presents an unprecedented growth in America’s K-12 school population with approximately 54 million students enrolled in the year of 2000. This increase in school population provides an unprecedented opportunity for the school counseling profession to make an even more positive impact on society (Wittmer, 2000). A review of pertinent literature confirms the significance of transforming the school counseling program (Capuzzi & Gross, 2001; Gysbers & Henderson, 2000; Mason, Nims, Hughey, & Dyal, 2002), and societal conditions reflect the need for a different approach to guidance designed to meet the challenges of our changing times (Gysbers & Henderson, 1994).