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.


The Complete Proposal: Integrating IRB Requirements Into the Research Proposal Development Process

Carol Doyle


The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2005, Section G.1) are in accordance with these federal regulations and acknowledge that the appropriate treatment of research participants is a fundamental ethical responsibility. As such, most, if not all, counselors and counselor researchers appreciate the value and importance of IRB review and approval. However, it is often the case that researchers wait until their research proposals are completed to begin work on their human subjects‟ application and hurriedly complete this application in their rush to begin collecting data. Rather than being viewed as a vital and integral component of the research process, the creation and submission of an IRB application is often considered a hoop to jump through (Dell, Schmidt, & Meara, 2006) and an inconvenience blocking the path to actually “conducting” one‟s research.

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