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.
A Psychodynamic Critique of the Modern Counseling Profession
This paper offers a critique of the field of counseling from a contemporary psychodynamic and classical psychoanalytical perspective. In particular, accreditation guidelines and mandates are examined. A review of the history of counseling reveals psychodynamic persuasions. Classical psychoanalysis serves as a forefather to counseling in the modern age. Contemporary psychodynamic thought provides insight into the system of counseling, motivational influences, and mechanisms of defense employed by the field of counseling