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.
Counselors-in-Training Problematic Behaviors: A Pilot Study
Amanda M. Evans, Jamie S. Carney, David Shannon, and DeLeana Strohl
One of the challenges in addressing problematic behavior is that while counselors are trained to explore and treat the emotional pain of their clients, they are often not educated on how to attend to their own mental health needs (Kilburg, Kaslow, & VandenBos, 1988; Lambie, 2006). Researchers found that helping professionals experience burnout, psychopathology, and impairment at a higher rate than the general population (Maslach, Schaufeli, & Letier, 2001). In 1996, Kottler and Hazler projected that approximately 6,000 mental health counselors within the United States experienced impairment either mentally or emotionally. Paralleling this finding, ACA (2004) found that among the ACA members surveyed, 64% reported personal experiences with an impaired colleague. These findings demonstrate the need for continued training and awareness of problematic behavior within the profession.