Essential Elements of Career Counseling: Processes and Techniques

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For Career Counseling courses in Counseling or Psychology departments, or Career Development courses. Organized around the competencies required by the National Career Development Association, this concise, practical text examines the process of career counseling and techniques for helping clients make appropriate occupational decisions. The authors take a holistic, lifespan approach to their subject, defining career counseling as the process by which a counselor works collaboratively with clients/students to help them clarify, specify, implement, and adjust to work-related situations, challenges, and changes. Such targeted coverage makes this volume ideal as a stand-alone text for a course that does not address underlying career counseling theories, or a valuable supplement to a comprehensive text.

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With a practical and straightforward approach, Essential Elements of Career Counseling focuses primarily on the practice of career counseling by exploring the basic methods, resources, and courses of action that can be applied in conducting career counseling every day. Perfect for use either as a main text or as a supplement to a more theory-based text, this book not only covers the basic techniques of developing career choice but also explores the emerging trends in the field, such as web-based counseling and the creation and use of virtual career centers online.

 

Over the years, the authors have developed career counseling programs in an array of settings around the world that varied from secondary school systems to colleges and universities to unemployment systems to immigrant transition services. Through their experiences, they have found that whatever the context, certain basic methods apply to all quality career counseling. Essential Elements of Career Counseling is a synthesis of these universal methods that leads students through evaluation, action planning, and follow-though, and that take into account the various facets of each case such as the individual, the environmental context, the socioeconomic context, and new technology.

 

Special Features Include:

 

  • An emphasis on the process of career counseling as opposed to the theory that gives the text a robust, hands-on accessibility and that makes this book ideal as a supplement in introductory career development classes.
  • An emphasis of web-based counseling and other internet-related resources that keep students up-to-date with emerging trends in the field.
  • End-of-Chapter Summaries that help students to synthesis and retain what they have just read and are also ideal for quick reviews of the chapter’s main points.
  • A “Quick Start” chapter at the beginning of the book that outlines the main themes of the book and allows students to quickly acquaint themselves with the mainstays of the book’s processes while linking each one to corresponding chapters in the book.
  • Case Studies are provided throughout the text, which add real-life examples of career counseling while illustrating concepts and practices covered in the main text. 
  • An Appendix is located at the back of the book, which includes the NCDA guidelines for competency standards and ethical guidelines and which help students in the details and particulars of their counseling training.

About the Author:

Norman Amundson is a professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. A leader in the field of career development, Amundson recently received the Best Book Award from the Canadian Counseling Association for his book Active Engagement (Ergon Communications, 2003). His research focuses on counseling methods, unemployment, and changes in working life, while his numerous lectures, articles, workshops and seminars emphasis the importance of imagination, creativity, and action in the career counseling process.

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