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.