Counselor Educators & Researchers Archives

Counselor Educators & Researchers

Student Reactions and Career Counselor Experiences with the Career Construction Interview

By Mylene Culbreath and Suzanne Voigt

While studies have found that the Career Construction Interview (CCI) can help students navigate the career decision-making process, the CCI remains an underutilized resource in many university career centers. The following studies considered how undecided college students and career counselors reacted to the CCI assessment process.

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Adding the Spice: A Primer on Developing or Renewing Career Counseling Courses

By Courtney R. Boddie

Career counseling courses infrequently receive the love they deserve. Students tell us they can be boring and seem irrelevant. This article offers one counselor educator’s perspective on how to marshal your resources to raise the profile and value proposition of this course.

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Experiential Activities for Teaching Career Counseling Classes and for Facilitating Career Groups

Book Review by Erin Harvey Bennett

Readers will gain from the ideas presented in the third volume of this resource from NCDA. When used in a group or classroom setting, practitioners can learn and implement new activities, increasing their own creative and experiential interventions within their practice. [Eds. Note - this book review originally appeared in the web magazine in Oct 2012. Because of its significance to today's readers, we are re-running the book review.]

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Defining Career Consultation

By Chadwick Royal

The purpose of this article is to define career consultation and to describe how it is different from other career development activities.

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Empowering Choices in Career Counseling through a Collaborative Approach

By Liliana Rodríguez-Campos and Maha Alamoud

The purpose of this article is to provide a collaborative framework as an innovative new direction to increase the benefit for career counseling clients and employers. This framework is adopted from the Model for Collaborative Initiatives (Rodríguez-Campos, 2004) and its six components that guide a collaborative approach to career counseling.

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Dysfunctional Career Thoughts and Persons Diagnosed with a Chronic Illness

By Levette S. Dames

Career decision making by persons with a chronic illness such as breast cancer, HIV, diabetes, and end stage renal disease have been the focus of various studies over the years. However, limited researchers have examined how one’s dysfunctional career thoughts are affected while being afflicted with a chronic illness.

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Explore, Plan, Create, Practice, and Reflect: A Practical Assignment for a Career Counseling Course

By Angie Smith

Teaching career counseling is an energizing endeavor. It offers opportunities for personal and professional growth for each student. One way to integrate career planning into the course is through an assignment entitled “Preparing for Employment”. It enables students to link the course to career goals and future aspirations.

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Teaching Career Development: A Primer for Instructors and Presenters 2nd Edition

Book Review By Judy Ettinger

This publication is a resource for those who are teaching career development in a formal classroom setting or through short-term workshops or informal presentations. Osborn provides insights and strategies that will help you effect changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes of your audience.

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Supporting Immigrant College Students towards Career Success

By Michael J. Stebleton and Kate K. Diamond

Counselor educators and career development professionals can support immigrant college students around career decision-making processes. The authors offer an overview of the unique assets, challenges, and issues encountered by immigrant students in the United States . Stories and strategies for practice are provided.

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Announcing a New Associate Editor

By Chadwick Royal

Chadwick Royal is the new associate editor for the Counselor Educators and Researchers Department. This article introduces the new associate editor and provides an invitation to submit articles to this department. The invitation describes some of the types of articles sought.

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Helping Clients Think Clearly When Making Career Decisions

By Shékina Rochat

Thinking errors can cloud career decision-making. This article helps counselors spot some of these hindrances in clients’ statements and suggests ways to overcome them.

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Assessing Your Clients’ Work Values: Another Way to Hone in on Occupational Matches

By Jennifer Greene and Melissa Messer

Work values reflect specific preferences for work environments that are important to a person’s satisfaction with his or her job. By understanding a client’s work values, you can better identify potentially satisfying jobs. Examples of work values inventories, tips for selecting appropriate instruments and practical applications are discussed.

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Training and Supervising Holistic Practitioners: The Career Lens Approach.

By Jon Rosenfield and Camille Helkowski

While most counselors have taken a career counseling course, many have not received grounding in a convergence of developmental, relational, and career theories, much less the specifics of career counseling practice. The Career Lens Model aims to provide effective support for the work of career counselors by offering on-going training and supervision that links practice to a holistic conception of our clients‘ lives.

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A Day in the Life of a High School Counselor: Painting the Picture of Adolescent Career Development

By Sarah A. Lopienski

As a high school counselor, one of my jobs is developing career awareness. All the literature, combined with practical experience, points out that adolescence is an important time for students to begin making career decisions. But, it appears to me that students have different issues: complete boredom, confusion, or definite uncertainty.

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Getting “SuperBetter” at Building One’s Career

By Shekina Rochat

SuperBetter is a game designed to help individuals adopt a “gameful mindset” to engage in life challenges. Integrating this game’s rules and vocabulary into career counseling is likely to assist clients in getting “SuperBetter” at building their career. This article describes the activity and applies it to a client case.

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Using Career Convergence to Engage Career Counseling Students

By Chad Luke

It can be a challenge to engage graduate students in career-related material in order to improve career-related services. Career Convergence is a tremendous asset in this endeavor. In this article, the author (and associate editor for the counselor educator department) offers an example of using Career Convergence that can result in valuable feedback and an increased desire to learn more.

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The Tony Watts Reader

Book Review by Phil Jarvis

Draw inspiration from Dr. Tony Watts through Hooley and Barham's 2015 book, "Career Development Policy and Practice."

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Group Career Counseling: Practices and Principles (2nd Edition)

Book Review by Jessica Caolo

This is a comprehensive group career counseling book that career services professionals can adapt to their practice and work settings.

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What’s Love Got to Do with…Careers?

By Tara Iagulli

The complexities introduced into career counseling by couples provide challenges that foster creative energy and problem solving, particularly the issues surrounding romantic relationships. Here are concrete suggestions for connecting on a deep level with students to help them manage their major life transitions, while priming the pump for future development work.

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Career Development Pedagogy: Using Community Engagement to Enhance Interest and Skills

By Leann Wyrick Morgan

Counselor educators are always looking for ways to draw graduate students in career development courses toward integration of theory and practice. Through this community partnership, students were able to provide essential career counseling interventions to secondary students at-risk of school failure and career underachievement, while increasing their interest in career development.

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Career Collage

By Aaron H. Oberman

The career collage is an engaging activity to introduce students to the importance of career counseling by helping them to reflect on their own career development. This activity involves students creating and sharing a one slide collage that shows the career path they took to pursuing a counseling degree.

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Skill Use on the Job: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills and Career Counseling

Jenny Bell Martin and Debbie Corso De Marco

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a set of skills designed to help those with emotion dysregulation issues better manage emotional intensity and lability, and is now being used much more widely among young adults, including for career development. Implications for career counseling are presented.

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Research Shows Effectiveness of Life-Story Writing For Career Change

By George Dutch

Research on career change outcomes from life-story writing can assist educators and practitioners to help individuals construct “new” career identities that increase their motivation to act effectively in a volatile economy where career change (as distinguished from job change) is an inevitable reality for increasing numbers of individuals.

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Generating Graduate Student Interest in Career Counseling

By David Dietrich

Career counseling is one of the eight common core curricular areas outlined by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). Despite this stated importance within the discipline, counseling programs often treat career counseling as an afterthought. This article outlines some basic strategies to overcome this tendency, and to increase student interest in career counseling.

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The Role of Values in Careers

Book Review By Melanie Reinersman

Whether conscious or unconscious, values are a “powerful motivator of human behavior” (p. 245). Using this book, anyone in the field of career development should feel encouraged and empowered to undertake a thorough exploration of the concept of values.

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“Typical” Tuesday: A Career in Counseling

By Nicole M. Arcuri

This article discusses how each and every day as a counselor within a school system as well as in the mental health field is unpredictable and requires counselor flexibility. It is intended to provide master level students with an idea of what to expect when they enter the field. This is just one day in the life of a budding counselor!

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Collaboration is Key to Successful Career Development

By Kim Hebel

Career guidance is a field that is both broad and deep. Collaboration, therefore, is key to making sure all students and clients are career savvy. All helping professionals have a role to play in providing career guidance. This article explores the role of Career Development Facilitators in collaboration efforts.

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Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism

Book Review by Marc Verhoeve

This text effectively provides the answer to the career practitioner’s questions: “How did we get here?” and “Where are we going?” While this book is an overview of the history and issues in career development in the Canada, it is a must-read for all active career practitioners and students.

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Career Theory and Procedures: An Online Teaching Approach

By Zachary Pietrantoni & Joseph A. Campbell

The purpose of this article is to outline an online teaching format for career theory. The authors will discuss how they developed and implemented an online career theory course. The authors will conclude with suggestions for future replication of the online career theory course.

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Graduate Career Courses: Engaging Students

By Vanessa B. Teixeira

This article focuses on how counselor educators can better engage counseling students in a graduate level career counseling course. Keeping students engaged is critical to their learning. Counselor educators support students and the field by providing students with material that is educational, didactic and enlightening, but also engaging.

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Commitments and Practices for Thriving in the Changing World of Work

By Mark Guterman

As the world of work continues to change profoundly, there are six key “commitments and practices” that career development professionals need to build into their work with students and clients. This article describes each of the six in detail and offers thoughts and ideas on how to make them and integral part of how we do our work. [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared here in August 2011. It is being repeated in celebration of Career Convergence's All Conference issue. See NCDA NEWS for more details.]

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30 Tips for New Career Counselors

By Maureen Nelson

Read on to discover what a graduate student nearing graduation learned in a nine-month career center internship about the counseling environment, working with clients, collaborating with colleagues, and developing her own skills. A mixture of age-old wisdom and fresh insights that any career counselor can enjoy and benefit from! [Eds. Note: This article originally appeared here in December 2007. It is being repeated in celebration of Career Convergence's All Conference issue. See NCDA NEWS for more details.]

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The Career Counseling Casebook

Book Review By Stephanie Tursic Burns

The Career Counseling Casebook 2nd Edition includes 41 cases organized by lifespan development stages from the first case with a nine year old boy to the last case with a retired couple. Every case engages the reader to increase their knowledge and application of career development skills to assist growth.

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Welcome to Our New Department!

By Chad Luke

This article is an introduction to the new Counselor Educators and Researchers department at Career Convergence. It discusses the rationale for the new department, describes what readers can expect from the department, and invites submissions.

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Out with the Old, In with the New: Career Development for the 21st Century

By Jacqueline Dernek

The world is changing at a rate unlike any other time in history. This is creating quite the dilemma in the world of work. The time has come to shift the way we think about how we deliver career development services and more broadly how we think about career.

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Beyond Luck: A Planned Happenstance Approach to Supervision

By David Youhess

Effective supervision for graduate students can be linked not only to higher productivity, but perhaps to greater eventual career attainment as well. By explicating his recent transition to full-time career counselor in relation to John Krumboltz’s Planned Happenstance Theory, the author suggests how supervisors may use the theory as a framework for guiding supervisees to develop into tomorrow’s career counselors.

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A Counselor Educator Reveals his Creative Side and Models Valid Career Decision Making

By Melanie Reinersman

He's living proof that the career development philosophy we teach our clients is inspiring and empowering. If he were your client years ago, you could now claim he is successfully following all the lessons he was taught about networking, planned happenstance, and effective career decision-making. Who is this active NCDA member, Ph.D. Counselor Educator, and television actor?

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First Jobs: Managing the transition from counseling graduate student to full-time Career Counselor

By Sarah Backes-Diaz

Transitions usually present a complicated mix of emotions for most people including fear, excitement, and many others. The process of moving from the identity of graduate student to full-time counseling professional is no exception. How appropriate that this time of year one new professional shares her transition story. (Eds. Note: this article is being repeated due to the timely relevance of the topic).

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Popular Materials for Training Career Counselors

By Debra Russ

Learning the art of career counseling requires obtaining practical knowledge of concepts, models, skills, instruments, and labor market information resources. Fortunately there is a plethora of available materials for learning career counseling. Find out which materials are the most widely used in career education.

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What Do You Do If You Are Stuck? Using Creativity in Career Counseling

By Mary Ann Hollingsworth

Career indecision is a common obstacle for many students in the selection of college majors, as well as for adults selecting both initial career paths and making subsequent career changes. The result is often a sense of being "stuck". This article provides unique activities and suggestions that use creativity as a tool for resolution to help clients become "unstuck." While this article is well-suited for graduate students and new professionals looking for new interventions to expand their "tool box", seasoned counselors will also benefit from this refresher.

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Case Note Writing Tips for Career Development Facilitators

By: David A. Scott & Michelle Grant Scott

CDF's working in One-Stop centers, other agencies and schools may find themselves responsible for writing case notes. If they have not received training in this area, lack of proper skills and techniques can create problems for themselves and the agency. Included are some guidelines to help CDF's write appropriate case notes.

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Using Career Convergence as a Teaching Tool in Counselor Education Programs

By Julia Y. Porter

How do we provide realistic learning experiences for graduate students in counselor education programs to prepare them to become career counselors? Career Convergence can be used as an effective teaching tool to provide current, practical information about techniques and strategies being used by practicing career counselors.

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