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.
That's Just Plain Silly! Channeling Outrage to Champion Change
Career counselors, counselor-educators, and corporate consultants hear lots of stories. Clients tell of bullying or harassment at work or unfathomable delays in processing insurance claims. Students share their frustrations about policies which seem to make no sense; corporate managers tell of brilliant plans which were vetoed by the executive team or union. The common theme is lost hope – those telling the stories feel powerless to effect change and concerned listeners risk becoming overwhelmed. Burnout and compassion fatigue impact many helping professionals (Marcus & Dubi, 2006). It makes sense, then, that redirecting frustration and despair to fuel advocacy and empowerment would benefit helpers as well as their clients.