Vistas Online 2015

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 Rationale for, and Application of, Using Contemporary Movies to Train Counselors

Jerry A. Mobley


In an effort to concretize aspects of counseling theories and to utilize the power of visual learning, movie clips selected to be examples of counseling theories and techniques were incorporated into instructional sessions. Qualitative data reflecting participants’ perceptions have been gathered from both conference/workshop attendees and college students and reveal that visual learning stimulates and enhances instruction. Challenges in utilizing visual learning and managing its effects are examined.

Keywords: counseling, counselor education, visual learning, visual media learning (VML), learning style, movies, teaching

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