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.
Social and emotional needs of gifted students: What school counselors need to know to most effectively serve this diverse student population
The first challenge faced by counselors new to working with this population is navigating the language used by the school system when describing the needs and educational approaches used with exceptional children. Counselors are encouraged to consult with their colleagues in the gifted education and special education departments at their school to best understand the local application of descriptors used in working with this population. Counselors must also gain a solid understanding of the local school system’s policies and procedures regarding identification and services available to this population. To best understand gifted students, school counselors should also be aware of the following characteristics that are common, yet not universal, to the gifted population.