The second edition of this textbook focuses primarily on the practice of career counseling by describing some of the basic techniques and resources that can be used to support the theories of career choice and development. The authors present information and a structure that is robust and, as such, can be widely applied. They also address some emerging issues such as Web-based counseling and provide case studies throughout the text. A belief in quality career counseling is at the forefront of this book, as well as the exploration of various myths and emerging trends. Career counseling is defined and the competencies that counselors need to pursue as part of their training agenda are outlined. As a supplement, the text includes the NCDA guidelines for competency standards and ethical guidelines as appendicies at the back of the book.
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With a practical and straightforward approach, Essential Elements of Career Counseling focuses primarily on the practice of career counseling by exploring the basic methods, resources, and courses of action that can be applied in conducting career counseling every day. Perfect for use either as a main text or as a supplement to a more theory-based text, this book not only covers the basic techniques of developing career choice but also explores the emerging trends in the field, such as web-based counseling and the creation and use of virtual career centers online.
Over the years, the authors have developed career counseling programs in an array of settings around the world that varied from secondary school systems to colleges and universities to unemployment systems to immigrant transition services. Through their experiences, they have found that whatever the context, certain basic methods apply to all quality career counseling. Essential Elements of Career Counseling is a synthesis of these universal methods that leads students through evaluation, action planning, and follow-though, and that take into account the various facets of each case such as the individual, the environmental context, the socioeconomic context, and new technology.
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Norman Amundson is a professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. A leader in the field of career development, Amundson recently received the Best Book Award from the Canadian Counseling Association for his book Active Engagement (Ergon Communications, 2003). His research focuses on counseling methods, unemployment, and changes in working life, while his numerous lectures, articles, workshops and seminars emphasis the importance of imagination, creativity, and action in the career counseling process.
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