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.
Impact of Accountability on Role Confusion
Allison C. Paolini and Cindy M. Topdemir
This article addresses the issue of school counselor role confusion and the importance of demonstrating accountability so that counselors can clarify and validate their roles as relevant stakeholders and systemic change agents in the school setting. Further, this article discusses the advantages of following the ASCA National Model and the benefits of being data-driven in order to reduce and clarify role confusion. Implications for the school counselor regarding the importance of using data are examined. In addition, suggestions for future research are stated, in order for counselors to further substantiate that they are valuable participants and play an instrumental role in the success of all students.