Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1970

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

James G. Green

Second Committee Member

John L. Silva

Third Committee Member

Donald R. Shupe


The primary function of diagnosis in counseling is to enable the counselor to make predictions about behavior from which he in turn constructs his plans for handling the case (Callis, 1965). The writer assumed that all counselors engage in the process of diagnosis whether they do it purposefully and systematically, or implicitly, perhaps with very little awareness. If all counselors engage in diagnosis, then the accuracy of the counselor's predictions, based upon his evaluation of the client's goals is an important determinant in the way he handles the case and presumably affects the outcome of the counseling process. It seems, therefore, that the counselor's accurate knowledge of the client's goals would enhance the client's development in counseling.
The present study utilized the Thompson Goal-Checklist to measure goal agreement between the client and counselor at two points in the course of counseling and a separate outcome blank to obtain an index of client-perceived specific outcomes.