Vistas Online 2013

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.


Mapping Publications in Counseling Journals on African American

Cirecie West-Olatunji, Melanie Varney, Rachel Henesy, Jillian Vella, Joseph Johnson, and Jennifer Gunn


For this literature review study, the researchers critically assessed and evaluated publications in counseling journals on Black family issues over the past 20 years. Criteria for selection included articles that were published during or after 1992, were peer reviewed, were conducted in the United States, and that focused exclusively on Black/African American client populations. A total of 126 articles, both conceptual and empirical, were identified. Reported are frequencies of articles related to Black family clinical issues, such as, the number of articles published in American Counseling Association (ACA) journals versus non-ACA journals, and a preliminary presentation of trends over the past two decades. Of significance, few articles were published in ACA journals. Based upon the preliminary findings of this study, the researchers recommend that the ACA  leadership consider taking steps to promote research about African American client populations by offering mini-grants to create incentives and offer special opportunities to disseminate research in this area through special issues of journals.

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