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
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.
Chapter 3: Career Counseling Practices
Career Counseling Practices
Making an optimal career choice has been and remains one of the major objectives of career counseling. Over time, career counseling has broadened its scope and purposes to include career transitions of adults who make multiple career choices over the life span. In contemporary society, workers are to be lifelong learners, be prepared to make changes, adapt to new and different circumstances, and learn what happens in one life role affects others. Within this framework, helpers are to address all concerns clients bring to counseling. In essence, current practices in career counseling have become very inclusive. Helpers are not simply dealing with static states of human behavior but ever more with complex person–environment interactions that require sophisticated adaptive systems. The ...