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.
Project Based Learning: Enriching Counselor Education Through Real World Learning
Bryon C. Pickens, Chloe Lancaster, Beverly Schaefgen, Richard K. James, and Donnalin Constantine
The purpose of this article is to contribute to counselor education pedagogy by highlighting the value of project based learning in counselor training programs. This paper describes a project based learning module enacted within an advanced group class of doctoral counselor education students that required students to design and implement an empirically grounded group intervention. CACREP standards for doctoral students (2009) and the Association for Specialists in Group Work: Best Practices Document (2007) are used as a frame of reference to demonstrate the advantages of project work for promoting broad based learning outcomes in counselor training environments.