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.
Using Learning Communities to Enhance Counseling Curriculum
Julia Y. Porter
Many counseling programs include exit surveys as part of their assessment process for evaluating effectiveness of counseling curriculum (Astin, 1993; Porter & Burnett, 2003). As students complete their counseling programs of study, they are asked to evaluate the value of the counseling classes they have taken in preparing them for the counseling profession. Student comments on these surveys often include suggestions that counseling classes need to provide more experiences that connect learning with practice. Students also express concerns about applying theoretical concepts and acquired “book” knowledge to real-life situations.