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.


Training Mentors for Faith-Based Mentoring

Richard C. Henriksen, Jr., Danielle F. Marks, and Justyn D. Smith


Mentoring is the process of one person with more experience helping another person reach goals. In recent years, efforts to help children who are both in the criminal justice system and Alternative Behavior Units (ABU) in public schools have moved to using mentoring programs to help them change their current paths in life. The purpose of this manuscript is to describe a faith-based mentor training program that was developed to support the implementation of a faith-based mentoring program. The program was for students in grades two through eight who were having problems both in school and out of school resulting in poor academic and behavioral performance. All mentors volunteered through the outreach efforts of a local Christian church. The mentor training process and some outcomes of the training program are presented. Implications of the training and the need for additional research are presented.

Keywords: mentoring, education, discipline, faith-based programs

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