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.
Wellness: Paradigm for Training and Practice
Mary Ann Hollingsworth
Literature supports the use of wellness as a framework for counseling. Wellness models provide foundation for work in six areas: emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and work. Two additional wellness areas, financial management and time management, are included. This study assessed needs of graduate students in overall wellness, used the results in design of an assessment and intervention within a wellness paradigm, and addressed the question “How does a wellness paradigm promote effective self-awareness and skills practice for students training to be counselors?” The Personal Wellness Questionnaire and Plan developed from this study supports use of wellness assessment and planning as tool for counseling practice.