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.
The Transformation of Community Counseling for 2015 and Beyond
Stephen Southern, Jose` Gomez, Robert L. Smith, and James M. Devlin
The dissemination of the proposed 2008 standards for counselor education programs by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2007) has stimulated thought and discussion about the current status and future direction of the profession. Community counseling, in particular, has experienced such major changes over the years that its present status could be considered an identity crisis. This article reviews the current status and future of the community counseling specialization, which may be considered the core of professional counseling. Contrary to a pessimistic view in which the demise of community counseling would be heralded by a transition to a clinical counseling specialty, the foundations of the profession and developments over the years suggest that community counseling will thrive in the future