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.
Life Trajectories: Teaching Counselors How to Assist Clients With Their Working Lives
Tracy M. Lara and Logan R. Vess
Counselors must be prepared to meet clients’ needs regarding the trauma, coping, and transitions of their working lives. The authors call for training counselors to use updated theories and techniques to conceptualize and address client career concerns in holistic practice. Authors discuss the lineage of the life design paradigm of counseling including career construction theory, the career construction interview, and narrative methods. The article provides a useful lesson plan counselor educators may implement to introduce life design and to enable counseling students to develop career intervention skills through experiential learning.