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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.

Interventions and Case Studies
Interventions and case studies

Helpers who offer career counseling are challenged to find effective interventions for both career concerns and a host of personal concerns. As one would expect, most of the career counseling models developed during the latter part of the 20th century were focused on career decision making. In a review of five counseling models, I (Zunker, 2006) reported similarities and distinct differences in conceptualizing the needs and concerns of clients. What was most revealing, however, was the diagnostic process drawn from the five models reviewed:

Identifying client problems is a major focus of the diagnostic parameter- not only for providing a client label but, more important, as a starting point from which goals can be set to resolve client problems. ...

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