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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.

Career Development Theories: An Overview
Career development theories: An overview

This chapter focuses on theoretical orientations of career development theories designed to foster career decision making. The intent is to introduce important perspectives of career development theories that have influenced career counseling practices. Although the relationship between theories and practice is not always clear, there is little doubt that theoretical underpinnings of career development theories have important links to the current practice of career development. Helpers who build an understanding of theoretical orientations for counseling practice enhance their ability to effectively address needs that clients bring to counseling. In a whole-person approach to career counseling helpers address both career and personal concerns. Consistency of methods and procedures when addressing multiple concerns requires a working knowledge of ...

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