Vistas Online 2011

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.

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