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Career Theory and Practice

Career Theory and Practice
Learning Through Case Studies

Second Edition

March 2009 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Career Theory and Practice: Learning Through Case Studies, Second Edition, provides the reader with hands-on, practical examples of how to apply career development theories to career counseling clients. This book serves as that bridge between theory and practice. Woven through the chapters is the presentation of 'Leslie,' a fictitious client, actually the composite portrait of several past clients. As each chapter focuses on a different career development theory and presents specific cases, the authors enhance the practical slant of their work by applying the theories discussed to 'Leslie,' as well as to a second case unique to each chapter. The second edition includes a new chapter highlighting the importance of various types of assessment in career counseling, and addressing the role of ethics and professional issues. In addition, new pedagogical features include 'Counselor Cognitions' to guide hypotheses about clients, and 'Personal Reflections' to facilitate the application of material to studentsÆ own career development. The second edition also includes added material that highlights the role of the economy and the changing nature of the workforce that influence the career and work decisions individuals make. Swanson and Fouad bring their own experiences as practitioners, researchers, and teachers in their approach to writing this new edition. This book is intended for students in graduate level career or vocational psychology or career practicum courses as well as counseling practitioners needing additional resources to strengthen their services or expand their focus.
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Additional Cases
1. Career Counseling: An Overview
2. The Use of Assessment in Career Counseling
3. The Case of Leslie
4. Gender-Aware and Feminist Approaches
5. Culturally Appropriate Career Counseling
6. Holland’s Theory of Vocational Personalities and Work Environments
7. The Theory of Work Adjustment
8. Developmental Theories
9. Gottfredson’s Theory of Circumscription and Compromise
10. Social Cognitive Career Theory
11. Summary and Integration
Appendix A: Leslie’s Profiles
Appendix B: NCDA Code of Ethics
About the Authors

Great application and understanding of uncommon theories. This book fleshes out the more practical aspects of career counseling.

Mrs Rachael Anderson
Marriage and Family Therapy, Sioux Falls Seminary
March 4, 2015

This was adopted in Fall 2013.

Ms Debra Thompson
Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University
May 13, 2014

We needed more focus on cultural diversity in Career Theory and practice.

This would be a good 2nd book for a course and we are continuing to consider it for the future.

Professor Steven Tierney
Psychology , California Institute of Integral Studies
March 18, 2014

I really liked the practicality of the first edition, as did the students. I have been using another text since 2002, but now that a 2nd edition of Swanson and Fouad's text is available, I look forward to using it in my Career Development and Counseling class.

Dr Debbie Newsome
Counseling Dept, Wake Forest University
January 11, 2011

Highly accessible means of teaching assessment. Case studies are always very informative.

Dr Candace Genest
Psychology Human Behav Dept, Amberton University - Garland
December 4, 2010

I used this text in the spring semester. My graduate students and myself found it to be very helpful. I especially appreicated the clinical cases that aided in applying theory. I plan to use the book in my summer course as well.

Dr Pilar Gonzales
Psychological Stds In Ed Dept, Temple University
April 27, 2010

This is a simple book that covers many significant issues involved in career development

Dr Naveeda Athar
Counselor Education , Concordia University
January 20, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Career Counseling: An Overview

Chapter 3 - The Case of Leslie

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Jane Laurel Swanson

Jane L. Swanson, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1986.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of the American Psychological Association and has served as Chair of the Society for Vocational Psychology and on the boards of the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.  Dr. Swanson has served on several journal editorial boards... More About Author

Nadya A. Fouad

Nadya A. Fouad, PhD, ABPP, is the Mary and Ted Kellner Endowed Chair of Educational Psychology and a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1984. Her primary areas of interest are career development and career choices of women and of racial and ethnic minorities; cross-cultural vocational assessment; interest measurement; cross-cultural counseling; race and ethnicity, and competencies in training.  Dr. Fouad is the editor of the Journal of Vocational Behavior.  She is a past editor of the Counseling... More About Author

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