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Individuals seeking career counseling often present with a complex array of issues, and thus it is often difficult for counselors to separate career satisfaction and development from other mental health issues. Career, Work, and Mental Health examines this tightly woven connection between mental health issues and career development and offers practical ways for counselors to blend career and personal counseling. Taking this integrative approach, author Vernon Zunker offers step-by-step procedures for delivering effective intervention strategies – tactics that are meaningful and relevant to career choice, career development, and the interconnectedness of personal problems.

Features and Benefits

Introduces readers to effective ways to address interrelationships by focusing on four domains: Career, Affective, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Culture; Integrates career and personal counseling so readers can learn to diagnose and address both career and personal concerns in the career counseling process; Illustrates the interplay of biological, psychological, and social/cultural dimensions and the spillover effect from one life role to another; Provides an overview of career development theories to provide a solid understanding of the recommended practices

Intended Audience

This core text is an excellent resource for graduate-level courses in counseling, psychology, mental health counseling, clinical psychology, social work, vocational rehabilitation counseling, and school counseling.


This book is about integrating career and personal counseling. Its focus is on how helpers view clients from a “whole-person” perspective of concerns that clients bring to counseling. Helpers address not just career concerns or personal ones, but both, as well as how they interrelate. A holistic philosophy of counseling suggests that client concerns are inseparable and intertwined. Helpers do not limit their ability to understand that a client's belief systems and interests are interrelated. Helpers are alert to personal concerns that might interfere with a client's ability to adequately process information and make optimal decisions and/or a worker's ability to perform at work; helpers also address how reactions to work stressors can limit a client's ability to function in other life roles. The ...

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