Are you a career counsellor or coach in need of a new skills set to help meet the challenges of supporting clients?

This book is for you. It is the first to combine the theory & practice of CBT with career counselling, presenting cognitive & behavioural approaches to help clients think & act more effectively in challenging situations in order to obtain their goals. Providing clear, practical strategies & a wealth of materials that can be used with clients in one-to-one or group settings, the book introduces: theory of cognitive & behavioural psychological approaches within the context of career counselling; motivational techniques to help clients succeed at interview; how to help clients make effective vocational/educational choices & excel in the workplace; professional issues i.e., assessment tools, ethical issues, evaluation; self-management, using CBT techniques on yourself.

This is essential reading for trainees studying for a careers guidance qualification, as well as CBT trainees wishing to go on to career counselling.

Supporting Clients in Decision Making

Supporting clients in decision making

This chapter is designed to help you to:

  • understand Gerard Egan's three processes of information gathering, analysis and making a choice in relation to client's decision-making processes
  • use cost and benefit analyses to help clients make more informed career decisions especially when they experience ambivalence about specific options
  • become proficient in the use of Tol Bedford's FIRST model and setting SMART goals for clients
  • encourage clients to maintain motivation
  • understand the theory of flow in relation to career satisfaction
  • help clients identify their personal values as part of their career decision-making process

Gerard Egan's The Skilled Helper (2002) has had a huge influence on career counselling and his model is taught widely on post-graduate and other courses. With regard to decision making, Egan ...

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