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.
The Misunderstood Pastoral Counselor: Knowledge and Religiosity as Factors Affecting a Client s Choice
Kathryn Reid Walker, Tammy H. Scheidegger, Laurel End, and Mark Amundsen
Within the spectrum of mental health professionals, the pastoral counselor’s role appears to be among the most misunderstood. Personal and anecdotal evidence suggests that many individuals have an incomplete, inaccurate, or nonexistent understanding of the training, capabilities, and role of a pastoral counselor.