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.


School Counselor Candidates’ Shared Beliefs and Experiences Regarding the Rural Setting

Lee E. Grimes, Natoya H. Haskins, James J. Bergin, and Lori L. Tribble


Students in rural schools face multiple challenges such as lower funding, shrinking career opportunities, and lower educational attainment. People in rural areas are marginalized through negative perceptions and stereotypes in a form of prejudice called ruralism. School counselors must be trained to recognize biases about people from rural areas and to understand the unique challenges present in rural areas so that they address the challenges in the lives of rural school students. The authors present the findings of a qualitative study on the beliefs and lived experiences of school counselor candidates regarding the rural school context. The authors suggest ways school counseling education programs can better prepare students for their work in rural areas.

Keywords: school counseling, rural, counselor education

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