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.


Transpersonal Psychology: An Introduction to Psychosynthesis

Dorothy Firman


By and large, Americans believe in God and in various other religious and spiritual perspectives (Harper, 2005). Given that this is the case, the transpersonal (or spiritual) dimension, is, almost inevitably, part of a counselor‘s possible arena of concern. It is therefore important that all counselors have a working knowledge of a transpersonal orientation in counseling, simply to keep pace with their client‘s concerns. And the field of psychology itself has validated the importance of this, most notably by the inclusion in the 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the category (v code) of Religious or Spiritual Problem (American Psychiatric Association, 1994).

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