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.
How Well Are Students of Wellness?
Luellen Ramey and Todd Leibert
Counseling and counselor education have had their historical roots in a developmental, life span, facilitative philosophy to human growth and intervention since the early part of the 20th century (Jones, 1934; Myers & Sweeney, 2005b; Sweeney, 2001). In the last decade, these foundational roots have led to an increasing emphasis within the profession on the importance of cultivating and maintaining wellness (Myers & Sweeney, 2008). We present a brief overview of wellness, report on the wellness of a sample of students enrolled in a master’s level Counseling for Wellness course, and compare the results of this sample to the wellness in a normed sample of a wider population. Implications for the counseling profession are discussed.