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.
Advocacy in the Real World: Connecting the ASCA National Model to Family Court Systems and Students of High-Conflict Divorce
Michelle Mitcham, S. Kent Butler, Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman, and Jennifer E. Figliozzi
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model promotes advocacy as one quality a Professional School Counselor (PSC) should infuse throughout the comprehensive school guidance program to include the academic, career, and personal/social domains. Skills required in advocating for students must be learned through school counseling training programs, professional development workshops, or self-study. Often PSCs must develop professional improvement strategies for dealing with their daily roles through self-study targeted on a specific issue. Often this selfdirected learning is a necessity targeted at a specific topic (advocacy per se) or time.