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Essential Elements of Career Counseling: Processes and Techniques, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Norman E. Amundson, JoAnn E Harris-Bowlsbey, Spencer G. Niles

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 31, 2008

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The second edition of this textbook focuses primarily on the practice of career counseling by describing some of the basic techniques and resources that can be used to support the theories of career choice and development.  The authors present information and a structure that is robust and, as such, can be widely applied.  They also address some emerging issues such as Web-based counseling and provide case studies throughout the text.  A belief in quality career counseling is at the forefront of this book, as well as the exploration of various myths and emerging trends.  Career counseling is defined and the competencies that counselors need to pursue as part of their training agenda are outlined.  As a supplement, the text includes the NCDA guidelines for competency standards and ethical guidelines as appendicies at the back of the book. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Career Counseling:  Myths, Realities, and Emerging Trends

What is Career Counseling?

Factors Contributing to Shifts in Career Counseling

Seven Common Career Counseling Myths

Defining Career Counseling

Career Counseling Competencies

Chapter 2    Using Career Theories to Help Clients

Theory of John L. Holland

Theory of Donald E. Super

Theory of John Krumboltz

Constructivist Approaches

Chapter 3    Context and Career Planning

Internal Variables

External Variables

Chapter 4    Negotiating the Career Counseling Relationship

Creating a Mattering Climate

Building Bridges

Negotiating the Working Alliance

Coping with Client Reluctance

Chapter 5    Defining the Client's Career Concerns

Elaborating the Problem

Viewing the Problem Through a Metaphoric Lens

Changing Direction

Chapter 6    Exploring the Problem:  Understanding the Self

Questioning and Storytelling


Structured Assessment


Chapter 7    Exploring the Problem:  Contextual and Labor Market Options

Social Context

Educational and Work/Leisure Context

Labor Market Options (A Personal View)

Chapter 8    Using Websites in Support of Career Counseling

Deciding Whether to Use a Technology-Based Intervention

Selecting Systems and Sites

Chapter 9    Building and Using a Virtual Career Center

Components of a Virtual Career Center

Local Information as a Part of the Virtual Career Center

Access to Web Counseling

Monitoring Feature

Organization of the Virtual Career Center

Sample Sites

Chapter 10    Consolidation, Decision Making, and Action Planning


Decision Making

Readiness for Action Planning

Developing the Action Plan

Advocacy and Social Action

Chapter 11    Implementing Action Plans

Providing Support to Clients

Processing New Insights and Information

Action Plans That Aren't Followed Through

Handling Additional Concerns

Chapter 12    Evaluating Client Progress

Evaluating Client Progress During the Course of Career Counseling

Evaluating Client Progress at the End of Career Counseling

Chapter 13    Adapting Career Counseling to Counseling Settings

School Settings

University Settings

Community Settings

Appendix A    The National Career Development Association's Career Counseling Competencies and Performance Indicators

Appendix B    National Career Development Association Ethical Standards (Revised 2003)

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