Summer 1965

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the Yates correction for continuity. Interviews were held with those .in charge of the counseling service at two Chicago agencies using these trained priests in order to obtain some criterion outside the respondents' own reports. PROGRAM EVALUATION

Study of the answers to the question, "What I liked best about Father Curran's courses was . . . ," ultimately led to a final "overview" coding according to whether responses pertained to.l) technique, 2) people, 3) course, 4) self, or 5) religion. Responses to this question proved impossible to categorize exclusively as reports often straddled several or even all five categories. Examples of this latter inclusive type are: "the results: an empathic and confident approach to peoples' personal problems, a variety of sources of referral, an endur· ing camaraderie with professors and classmates, a deeper in· sight into my own life, and a boost in developing personal charity" (549). "He showed us a way to help people to become adults (ourselves included). I enjoyed very much his teaching, his deep respect for the person" (572). "1) I was impressed by the presupposition th~t ~~p!e h~ve the po~~~tiaHty tu sv1vc their problems-we are ordained with the belief that we have all the answers-it doesn't occur to us people hardly listen to our 'advice.' 2) I liked his obiter dicta; through them I have tried .to learn to understand what the other person feels in all situations-classrooms, sermons, as well as counseling. 3) It has taught me to shut up in counseling" ( 576) . The most frequent type of response to this question pertained to technique as a ·Workable, effective, and valuable tool or means. The number of priests who responded with this orienta· tion was 51 or 57% of 90. There were no significant differences in major characteristics of those responding in this manner. Some of the responses pertaining to technique were: "It provided me with a workable technique for dealing with pre· viously difficult cases" (53). "It concerned itself with the actual responses and gave a norm to judge the effect of various re· sponses" (59). "These courses have given me a tool for counsel-