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.
Gatekeeping in Counselor Education: Experiences of Terminating Students for Nonacademic Concerns
Adriana M. Wissel
Counselor educators are required by both the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2005) as well as the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (2009) to serve as gatekeepers to the counseling profession. In this role, counselor educators ensure the safety of future clients and the counseling profession, meaning they have the responsibility to prevent students of concern from entering the counseling profession. While this duty of counseling educators is necessary, it is not often easy. This phenomenological study explored the experiences of five counselor educators from across the country with gatekeeping (terminating) a counselor-in-training for nonacademic concerns.