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.
Graduate Counseling Student’s Personal Relationships Need Intentional Consideration for Success
Linda C. Osterlund and Melodie Mack
A counselor’s relationship skills are required to be exceptional, regardless of his/her therapeutic orientation. Often, counselors can build quality therapeutic relationships, yet struggle in their personal relationships. Review of current research and qualitative experiences of counselors and their partner relationships are presented. The unique experience of the relationship between a counselor and his/her partner is discussed. Strategies are explored for building a healthy relationship, including setting goals to build resilience in the counselor/partner relationship. The implications for graduate counselor programs is introduced, including suggestions that will benefit students in their relationships at the beginning, middle, and end of their graduate counselor training.