Vistas Online 2016

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.


Culture and Shared Decision Making for Individuals With Psychiatric Disabilities

Vanessa M. Perry, Celeste S. Crawford, and Lloyd R. Goodwin, Jr.


The shared decision-making model represents a paradigm shift that invites the client to act as an equal partner in his or her recovery in a manner that is collaborative and empowering. There is some research indicating shared decision making in the treatment of individuals with psychiatric disabilities results in patient satisfaction. The shared decision-making process incorporates the client’s culture and values in formulating a treatment plan and utilizing interventions. It is important that mental health practitioners utilizing the shared decision-making model have some knowledge of clients’ culture when co-developing treatment plans and choosing counseling interventions.

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