Vistas Online 2009

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.


Taking a multifaceted approach to retirement

Vera S. Maass


For counselors assisting their clients with goal setting processes for a smooth transition from one lifestyle to another, inquiring about clients’ feelings regarding previous lifestyle changes would provide knowledge of their clients’ cognitive tendencies. If appropriate, counselors could introduce a cognitive pattern similar to the Organismic Valuing Process Theory, a social-cognitive model, combining influences from earlier humanistic-existential theorists and proponents of positive psychology (Joseph & Linley, 2005). An expansion of growth through adversity theories, this theory proposes that people are motivated toward rebuilding their world in a direction consistent with new information that is relevant to the particular change and which, in turn, leads to greater psychological well-being. Another assumption states that individuals assess the meaning of events and search for paths for growth and actualization.

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