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.


School Counselors' and Teachers' Perceptions of Elementary School Counselor Roles Related to Personal/Social, Academic, and Career Counseling

Gerra W. Perkins


The purpose of this article is to examine the value school counselors and teachers place on elementary school counselors’ roles, specifically roles which align with the content areas identified by the American School Counselor Association. Sharing the Vision: The National Standards for School Counseling Programs (Campbell & Dahir,1997) was “designed to connect school counseling to the current school reform agenda” (Dahir, 2001, p. 324). The Standards propose that counseling programs offer a proactive focus in three content areas: (1) academic development, (2) career development, and (3) personal/social development.

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