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 Role of Mental Health Collaborations in Dropout Prevention Efforts: Recommendations for School and Community Counselors
Reports suggest that every nine seconds, a student makes the life-changing decision to drop out of school (Children‟s Defense Fund, 2002). These students disappear from the educational systems, with the majority never being recovered, which leads to other more serious consequences for that individual as well as society. Dropouts are reported to have higher incarceration rates, higher unemployment, earn less money, and have poorer healthcare, which in turn increases the likelihood for these individuals to remain in poverty (NGA Center for Best Practices, 2009) and increases the likelihood for other problems. These consequences are often major stressors in these individual‟s lives, and in turn have an impact on an individual‟s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.