Spring 2006


The Spring, 2006 issue of Professional Issues in Counseling presents two very diverse topics.The first article is a case study of a person who has been victimized and the second article addresses the combined strengths of family counseling and adventure-based learning. While these topics are very different, we hope the readers of this issue find these to be helpful resources in their professional development.

Readers have requested permission to reproduce articles from PIIC issues, and we have been happy to grant their requests. As editors of the journal, we consider it a compliment when articles are requested for teaching and research.


A Case Study of Therapeutic Interventions as Related by a Person Who Was a Victim of Traumatic Crime

Kate Walker, Kendra Watson, Chi-Sing Li
Sam Houston State University


When a traumatic event happens, society is accustomed to turning to mental health professionals for directions on coping and recovering. Past research on the efficacy of psychological debriefings, however, is divided (Gist & Devilly, 2002; Harvard Mental Health Letter, 2003; McNally, 2002; Rose & Bisson, 1998; van Emmerik, Kamphuis, Hulsbosch, & Emmelkamp, 2002; Watson, Friedman, Gibson, Ruzek, Norris, & Ritchie, 2003). In an effort to determine the efficacy of therapeutic interventions in a single case study, the authors triangulated data from research documenting information as related by a person who was a victim of a traumatic crime and research documenting police reports and anecdotal data from the victim's advocate therapist. The compilation of the data from these two research endeavors has resulted in a snapshot of what one victim perceived to be helpful and unhelpful therapeutic interventions following a trauma.

Harmonious Families: Using Family Counseling and Adventure Based Learning Opportunities to Enhance Growth

J. Scott Glass, East Carolina University
Mary Allen Mann, Elon University


Family functioning may impact individual family members both positively and negatively with regards to one's identity, perceptions, and ways of understanding the surrounding environment. The helping professions have dedicated much time and research in an effort to design and implement programs which are effective at dealing with issues directly related to family systems. One such approach to this type of helping relationship is Family Counseling. Family counseling aims to reduce familial conflict and improve communication among family members. These objectives are in line with the expectations of another approach designed to work with systems or groups, adventure based counseling. Adventure based counseling seeks to reduce conflict among participants while at the same time improving communication. It is suggested that a low-element adventure based counseling program, in conjunction with family counseling, will encourage an increased sense of family cohesion through the facilitation of group activities and thus, promote more effective communication and enhance growth among family members.