Essential Elements of Career Counseling: Processes and Techniques (3e) : 9780132850643

Essential Elements of Career Counseling: Processes and Techniques (3e)

Amundson & Harris-Bowlsbe
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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Pre- and in-service career counsellors get a straightforward, accessible approach to the practice of career counseling through a focus on the process and techniques of the profession.


This interesting, straightforward guide takes readers step-by-step through the actual career counseling process, from initial interview through termination. An accessible look at “how to do career counseling,” the book clearly defines the profession and the competencies counselors need to pursue as part of their training.


The focus is on the practice of career counseling, examined through the basic techniques and resources useful in supporting the theories of career choice and development. The use of the Internet as a career counseling tool is emphasised; emerging issues such as Web-based counseling are explored; and case studies illustrate authentic counseling strategies and techniques in action.

Table of contents
  • 1. Career Counseling: Myths, Realities, and Emerging Trends
  • 2. Using Career Theories to Help Clients
  • 3. Context and Career Planning
  • 4. Negotiating the Career Counseling Relationship
  • 5. Defining the Client’s Career Concerns
  • 6. Exploring the Problem: Understanding the Self
  • 7. Exploring the Problem: Contextual and Labor Market Options
  • 8. Using Technology in Support of Career Counseling
  • 9. Consolidation, Decision Making, and Action Planning
  • 10. Implementing Action Plans
  • 11. Evaluating Client Progress
  • 12. Adapting Career Counseling to Counseling Setting
  • Appendix A: The National Career Development Association’s Career Counseling Competency and Performance Indicators
  • Appendix B: National Career Development Association Ethical Standards
New to this edition

In this revised Third Edition, the authors includes updated resources and references throughout; new questioning methods; a broadened discussion on job search; and an expanded discussion on using technology; and shows how to apply metaphor strategies in career exploration and how to use group counseling methods in job search.

  • Readers get a current look at the field of career counseling through new and updated resources provided throughout.
  • Through practical, accessible explanations, authentic case studies, and the benefit of the authors’ years of experience in many settings, readers see clearly how to:
    • Use new questioning methods focused on learning from failure and using a time-frame perspective.
    • Apply metaphor strategies as a tool for career exploration.
    • Conduct a job search using group counseling methods.
    • Use a resume to inspire the development of career stories.
    • Apply new technology and social networking effectively in career counseling.
  • The impact of technology and the Internet on today’s changing face of counseling is made clear in an updated Chapters 8, Using Technology in Support of Career Counseling,  and 9, Consolidation, Decision Making, and Action Planning.

Also available with MyCounselingLab®

This title is also available with MyCounselingLab–an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with the text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students see key concepts demonstrated through video clips, practice what they learn, test their understanding, and receive feedback to guide their learning and ensure they master key learning outcomes.

  • Learning Outcomes and Standards measure student results.
    MyCounselingLab organizes all assignments around essential learning outcomes and national standards for counselors.
  • Video- and Case-Based Assignments develop decision-making skills.
    Video- and Case-based Assignments introduce students to a broader range of clients, and therefore a broader range of presenting problems, than they will encounter in their own pre-professional clinical experiences. Students watch videos of actual client-therapist sessions or high-quality role-play scenarios featuring expert counselors. They are then guided in their analysis of the videos through a series of short-answer questions.These exercises help students develop the techniques and decision-making skills they need to be effective counselors before they are in a critical situation with a real client.
  • Licensure Quizzes help students prepare for certification.
    Automatically graded, multiple-choice Licensure Quizzes help students prepare for their certification examinations, master foundational course content, and improve their performance in the course.
  • Video Library offers a wealth of observation opportunities.
    The Video Library provides more than 400 video clips of actual client-therapist sessions and high-quality role plays in a database organized by topic and searchable by keyword. The Video Library includes every video clip from the MyCounselingLab courses plus additional videos from Pearson’s extensive library of footage. Instructors can create additional assignments around the videos or use them for in-class activities. Students can expand their observation experiences to include other course areas and increase the amount of time they spend watching expert counselors in action.
  • Comprehensive online course content.
    Filled with a wealth of content that is tightly integrated with your textbook, MyLab lets you easily add, remove, or modify existing instructional material. You can also add your own course materials to suit the needs of your students or department. In short, MyLab lets you teach exactly as you'd like.
  • Robust gradebook tracking.
    The online gradebook automatically tracks your students' results on tests, homework, and practice exercises and gives you control over managing results and calculating grades. The gradebook provides a number of flexible grading options, including exporting grades to a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel. And, it lets you measure and document your students' learning outcomes.
Features & benefits
  • Readers get a practical, accessible, step-by-step look at the career counseling process, from the initial interview through termination.
  • How to do career counselling is the focus of this guide with its emphasis on the process and techniques of the profession.
  • The suggestions and techniques have real, everyday meaning through authentic case studies and illustrative sample dialogues that show how to put the methods and techniques into practice.
  • Coverage includes valuable advice for effective counseling with children and adolescents.
  • Students can take the book’s resources into their future practices. Included are the National Career Development Association standards competencies, performance indicators, and ethical guidelines in the Appendices.
Author biography

Norman Amundson is a professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. A leader in the field of career development, Amundson is a recipient of 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 emphasize the importance of imagination, creativity, and action in the career counseling process.


JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey has enjoyed a distinguished career, including positions as high school counselor, director of guidance, university professor and career counselor, developer of DISCOVER®, and Executive Director of ACT’s Educational Technology Center. She is currently Executive Vice-President of Development for Kuder, Inc., and in that role designs and develops content for Web-based career planning systems. She is the author or co-author of many journal articles and several books. She is a past-president of the National Career Development Association and a recipient of its Eminent Career Award.


Spencer G. Niles is professor and department head of Counselor Education in the Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Services Department at Pennsylvania State University.

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