Vistas Online 2008

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.


Transparent Counseling Pedagogy: A Strategy for Teaching Clinical Thinking

Colette T. Dollarhide, Alexanderia T. Smith-Glenn, and Matthew E. Lemberger


The essence of counselor education is helping counselors-in-training learn clinical thinking: the ability to reflect on what clients say and integrate that information with theoretical, diagnostic, and practical insights to arrive at therapeutically meaningful interventions. Research on pedagogy has suggested that involvement in or experience with counseling-related tasks helped counselors-in-training develop more confidence in performing counseling tasks (Tang et al, 2004); that counseling interventions taught through classroom practice of clinical skills would translate directly into actual counseling practice (Cummings, 2000); and that experiential pedagogy using an actor and vignettes enhanced students’ abilities to manage the therapeutic alliance and process case conceptualizations (Grant, 2006). In summary, experience with the counseling environment and exposure to clinical thinking can give students the chance to practice thinking as a counselor.

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