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.
Verification-- To check or not to check: The use of criminal background checks in counselor training programs
Drs. Gloria Dansby-Giles and Frank Giles
There has been very little research conducted on the topic of the use of criminal background checks in counselor education. Erwin and Toomey (2005) addressed the issue of the use of background checks in counselor training programs and the perceptions of program coordinators. These researchers developed the Criminal Background Checks in Counselor Education Survey and then distributed the survey to a random sample of program coordinators of counseling programs that were accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The findings were that background checks were used for admission to counselor training programs and before and during practicum/internship and certification/licensure.