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.
Developmental Assessment and Feedback Relieves Parenting Stress
Marilyn J. Montgomery and Melody A. Whiddon
This article describes a brief intervention we developed, Developmental Assessment & Feedback, which involves assessing children for their social, emotional, and cognitive development and psychological adjustment and provides their parents with individualized feedback on the assessment. The procedure provides developmental information and suggestions for dealing with common concerns about child behavior, thereby reducing parenting stress. The Developmental Assessment & Feedback intervention also provides the counselor with a wealth of information that can be used to plan treatment goals for parents and/or their children, and presents an opportunity to establish credibility and rapport with parents at the outset.