Future Shock: Counseling Psychology in a VUCA World

Ruth E. Fassinger, Sandra L. Shullman, Lydia P. Buki

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This article represents the conclusion of our special two-part issue of The Counseling Psychologist focused on leadership in counseling psychology. In this article, we reflect upon the state of leadership in counseling psychology as captured in the articles in this special issue. First, we explain the concept of a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world and why it is important to considerations of leadership by counseling psychologists. Next, we comment on each of the articles that comprise this two-part special issue, noting their strengths, relevance to current knowledge about and concepts of leadership, and questions that remain unanswered and thus ripe for further study. We conclude with recommendations for leadership-related efforts in counseling psychology as a field. It is our hope that this brief critique provides directions for future study and action regarding leadership in counseling psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1048-1058
Number of pages11
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • multiculturalism
  • professional issues
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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