Fall 2003

Ethics Corner


Welcome to the Fall, 2003 issue of Professional Issues in Counseling (PIIC). An issue was not published in the Summer due to a "changing of the guard" within the department. Since the inception of the journal, one graduate student maintained all the correspondence and was responsible for launching the journal onto the web. Dasha Taylor completed all her studies and is working in the marriage and family field. We are very grateful to her for the two years of dedication and service as the student editor of PIIC.

Dasha's absence left us with a void in trying to have someone who could handle the journal with the same level of expertise. We believe that we are now back on track with the publication of PIIC and hope that you enjoy this issue.

Happy Holiday to all the readers.

Due to technical problems with the software application we were unable to follow APA 5th edition format as precisely as we would like to. However, all authors did submit their articles in accordance with APA formatting standards. We are working to resolve this problem.


Beginning Counselors' Use of Praise

J. Scott Glass
Elon University

J. Scott Glass, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Human Services Department at Elon University.

All correspondence regarding this article should be sent to J. Scott Glass at jglass@elon.edu.


Praise can be a powerful tool in relationships between elementary school counselors and their students. While there are beneficial aspects of using praise, it is equally important that school counselors be aware of students' possible negative reactions. To effectively use praise with elementary students, counselors need an awareness of possible benefits and pitfalls associated with the construct. While school counselors are most likely aware of praise, it is important that they gain an understanding of how to implement it effectively when working with their young clients.

Philosophical Counseling: A Call to Counselors

Dr. Duane Halbur
University of Northern Iowa


The field of Philosophical Counseling is quickly becoming a unique service field in the United States. Counselors have the opportunity to become active in this field and be on the forefront of this contemporary approach in the helping field. This article offers a rationale for counselors to research and apply philosophical concepts in practice. Additionally, it addresses why incorporating philosophical lessons with counseling may help the clinician to enhance therapeutic practice. Further, this article offers applied examples as to how a therapist could use philosophical counseling.

Facilitating Accountability Data Collection for Use in Counseling Effectiveness Assessment

Julia Y. Porter, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, NCSC
Assistant Professor of Counselor Education
Mississippi State University, Meridian Campus


Performance accountability data is required for college counseling professionals to show program effectiveness. Collecting timely, useable data for program assessment presents special challenges because of ethical and privacy issues. The purpose of this study was to examine factors that might facilitate data collection through classroom research. Thirty-two (32) faculty members participated in the study. Useable data was collected from 1,200 university students. A discriminant model was found which significantly increased the researchers' ability to identify faculty who would participate in a college counseling classroom research activity (83.56%).