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.
Loving Kindness Meditation
Imre Csaszar and Jennifer R. Curry
Stress is a well-documented concern for counselors that includes increasing psychological and physiological burdens that exceed individuals’ coping strategies (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). Counselors experience stress from ongoing accountability pressures, complicated client issues, compassion fatigue, role conflict, systemic advocacy work, vicarious trauma, crisis response, and more (Amatea & Clark, 2005; Baggerly & Osborn, 2006; Bryant & Constantine, 2006; Butler & Constantine, 2005; Gysbers, 2004; Lambie & Williamson, 2004; Webb, Brigman, & Campbell, 2005). Stress that is not managed can lead to a progressive downward spiral of negative emotional and cognitive states including emotional exhaustion, burnout, and, eventually, impairment.