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.
Shattering the Dichotomy - Integrating Diagnosis and Wellness
Through a voluntary, confidential, intentional relationship, counselors are able to work with clients from a wellness perspective, or a premise that individuals can change in positive ways despite the presenting issue. From this wellness perspective, diagnosis is often viewed as a counter-productive, mutually exclusive archetype. However, this article presents a model for uniting a wellness lens and diagnostic perspective into a complimentary paradigm. Implications for counselor education programs and supervision practices are included.