Spring 2008


Welcome to Professional Issues in Counseling, Spring, 2008. This issue presents three interesting and informative articles we believe you will find applicable to your professional development. We are always grateful to researchers who consider PIIC for a publication site, and we are proud to showcase their hard work.

Welcome to PIIC's two new student editorial assistants, Andrew Benesh and Pedra Ane. Andrew and Pedra have just completed their first year of study in the counselor education doctoral program at Sam Houston State University. Our thanks to them for working so hard to learn the computer program that this journal utilizes.


Self-help books: An area of ethical responsibility for professional counselors

David J. Tobin
Jessica L. Bordonaro
Gannon University


Psychologists have periodically addressed concerns regarding the rapid expansion and utilization of self-help books and bibliotherapy; and have urged for greater ethical responsibility when selecting and marketing these books. Similarly, the proliferation of self-help books poses an area of ethical responsibility for professional counselors. An investigation into the psychology and counseling literature yielded guidelines for selecting and recommending self-help books and bibliotherapy. Ethical guidelines and professional responsibilities for dealing with consumers and the general public were reviewed. Counselors were cautioned to exercise careful scrutiny when evaluating self-help books.

Spiritual Well-Being and Psychological Well-Being in Mexican-American Catholics

Antonio Ramirez, Ph.D. Children, Family and Adult Consultants, San Antonio, TX
H. Ray Wooten Ph.D. and Christine A. Lumadue, Ph.D.
St. Mary's University, San Antonio


Spirituality is increasingly taking on greater importance within the field of counseling. This study attempts to promote greater understanding of the relationship between spirituality and health. Within the broad umbrella of spirituality as it relates to mental health, specific populations should be examined to honor the diversity of people. This study investigated the relationship between spiritual and psychological well-being in Mexican-Americans Catholics in South Texas using the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (Paloutzian & Ellison, 1982) and the Psychological Well-Being Scale (Ryff, 1989; Ryff & Keyes 1995). Results showed significant correlations between the scores on the measures as a whole and among the subscales. This indicates that there is a relationship between spiritual well-being and psychological well-being as related in this population.

Using Motivational Interviewing for Career and/or College Major Choice

Lynn Guillot Miller, Ph.D.
Kent State University


Since its inception motivational interviewing (MI) has been used with a variety of clients who abuse substances. It has also been used as a primary strategy in studies involving adolescents (Colby et al., 1998; Colby, Monti, & Tevyaw, 2006; Monti et al., 1999). Because of its success with adolescents, MI may have viability in motivating adolescents in other realms of their lives such as career and/or college major choice. Its brevity also makes it suitable for use by school counselors. Five basic principles of MI are examined and suggestions for tailoring these principles to school counseling are included.