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.


Incorporating Technology Into a School Counseling Body Image Group

Kelly A. Kozlowski, Lianna Mikesina, and Anna Genova

Self-monitoring was studied as an individual and small group counseling technique and a source of accountability data. Five school counselors/interns engaged in self-monitoring with 22 clients. It was perceived as a successful counseling technique 82% of the time. The findings indicated that selfmonitoring was enhanced by counselor competence, client buy-in, and counselor and client motivation to persevere. Data were produced that demonstrated whether students’ goals were being met and provided accountability evidence for local stakeholders.


Technology is a part of the day-to-day world of today’s students. In addition, today’s K–12 schools are utilizing technology as part of their standard educational practices. To keep up with the times, today’s school counselors can incorporate technology into their school counseling practices, in particular, small group counseling activities. The authors provide a sample self-esteem and body image group that demonstrates how Web 2.0 tools can be incorporated into group counseling practices.

Keywords: technology, small group counseling, body image group, Web 2.0 tools

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