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.
Partners as Friends: A Brief Relationship Counseling Strategy
Floyd F. Robison
This article describes a brief couples counseling model that conceptualizes conflicted relationships as the result of partners thinking of one another as enemies. The model emphasizes renegotiation of the relationship in ways that enable partners to think of one another not as enemies but as “misguided friends” who can be helped to understand and negotiate desired behaviors with one another.