Charles L. Thompson was a professor of counselor education and in the Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling in the College of Education, Health, & Human Science at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in science education and educational psychology from The University of Tennessee and did his Ph.D. degree concentration in counselor education, developmental psychology, and counseling psychology at The Ohio State University where he held NDEA and Delta Theta Tau fellowships. Charles is a former teacher and counselor in grades 7 to 12. His research interests include reality therapy and solution-focused brief counseling. Charles was a recipient of the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Counselor Educator of the Year Award and the Writer of the Year Award from the American School Counselor Association. He has co-authored or authored seven books and over 100 articles in journals including the JOURNAL OF COUNSELING & DEVELOPMENT, PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING, JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING, COUNSELOR EDUCATION & SUPERVISION, JOURNAL OF COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REALITY THERAPY, AND THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COUNSELLING. Charles was editor of The Idea Exchange Section of the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GUIDANCE & COUNSELING JOURNAL from 1979 to 1997.