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Career Counseling--- Definitions and New Directions

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Length: 50 minutes

Session offered by Division 17.

The 21st-century digital age finds vocational psychology renovating itself. One way it does so concerns articulating and elaborating career counseling theory that applies to diverse groups in manifest settings. The models and methods of the corporate era in high modernity do not seem to fit a multicultural, global society.

Despite sustained efforts to apply career development theories to counseling, the fact remains as Osipow (1994) stated some years ago: “Career theories are not counseling theories” (p. 222). Existing career theories, unlike counseling and psychotherapy theories, do not explicitly guide practice. Much of the disconnect between career theory and practice rests in imprecise definitions and inadequate models of career counseling. Over the years, some work has attempted to redress this problem. Yet, as Subich and Simonson (2001) concluded from their review of this work, much progress remains toward developing career counseling theories to effectively guide practice.

This symposium aims to strengthen links between career theory and practice to better address the complexities of 21st-century life. Three leading scholars will offer contemporary perspectives on career counseling. The first presenter will define and differentiate three types of career services to increase understanding of career counseling as a therapeutic process of meaning-making and identity construction. The second presenter will update progress toward the goal of articulating career counseling theories to indicate accomplishments and future directions in this regard. The third presenter will outline a new general model for career counseling to indicate how it complements existing vocational guidance and career education models. A preeminent specialist in career counseling and intervention will make integrative remarks about these presentations as discussant. Following those remarks, moderated discussion among panelists and audience members will ensue toward the goal of better comprehending and assisting all people to manage the exigencies of work and careers in a post-industrial world.

Learning Objective 1
Differentiate three types of career services.

Learning Objective 2
Describe contemporary perspectives on career counseling.

Learning Objective 3
Comprehend career counseling as a therapeutic process of meaning-making and identity.

Presenters: Paul J. Hartung, PhD; Linda M. Subich, PhD; Mark L. Savickas, PhD


Supplementary Materials

  • Career Counseling
  • Hartung
  • Hartung pdf
  • Savickas
  • Savickas pdf
  • Spokane
  • Spokane pdf
  • Subich
  • Subich pdf