Vistas Online 2012

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.


Quest for Transformation: An Exploration of Pilgrimage in the Counseling Process

Heather A. Warfield


A search of literature related to accounts of pilgrimage experiences and psychological perspectives within the fields of counseling and psychology yielded sparse results. University library online databases Academic Search Premier and JSTOR were utilized by searching the terms “pilgrimage, “ “pilgrimage and healing,” “pilgrimage and identity,” and “therapeutic benefits of pilgrimage.” There was a paucity of published journal articles on the topic; however, a number of books written by scholars within the domains of anthropology, sociology, and religious studies were located.

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