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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.

Constraints Affecting Career Choice and Development
Constraints affecting career choice and development

The study and refinement of procedures to enhance career decision making has been an ongoing effort for several decades and remains a viable concern today. The processes involved in making a career choice have been addressed by career development theories that include a trait-oriented approach, a social learning and cognitive approach, a lifelong developmental approach, and a person-in-environment perspective. The key characteristic of the trait-oriented approach is the assumption that individuals have unique patterns of ability and traits that can be objectively measured and correlated with the requirements of various types of jobs. In the social learning and cognitive approach, social conditioning, social position, and life events are thought to significantly influence career choice. ...

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