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.
Invited Address. Counseling: Yesterday and Today
Robert L. Gibson and Marianne H. Mitchell
In the first generation of the 21st century, significant societal changes took place impacting the counseling profession. These included the dramatic impact of the technology revolution which added new dimensions to how the individual lives and works. The globalization of the workforce was an additional significant change stimulated by the expansion of businesses and industries worldwide. During this period of time counselors were called upon to continue to increase their sensitivity to the various ethnic and cultural populations of our country. Computers opened up new patterns of communication and data processing. The cell phone came “out of the jail” into homes, schools, automobiles, and the workplace. In this period of rapid change, counselors must be continuously alert to make appropriate adjustments and ensure that they keep in step with the times.