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.
Counseling for Wholeness: Integrating Holistic Wellness into Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning
Jeffry L. Moe, Dilani M. Perera-Diltz, and Tamara Rodriguez
Concepts related to holistic wellness continue to inform best practices for counselors and other mental health professionals (Myers, Sweeney, & Witmer, 2001). Research into the mindbody connection within fields such as public health and integrative medicine continues to support the underlying principles of holistic wellness theory (Shannon, Weil, & Kaplan, 2011). Clinicians are encouraged due to these developments to broaden their views on human functioning, mental health, and how best to promote clients’ achievement of their respective treatment goals. Various models of holistic wellness exist due to different theorists’ perspectives on the aspects of human experience (e.g., mind, body, spirit, community, etc.) that comprise this multi-faceted concept.