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Career Theory and Practice

Career Theory and Practice
Learning Through Case Studies

Third Edition

408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Unique in the way it links five major career development and choice theories to a fictional case client, this user-friendly text is ideal for counselors engaged in helping clients make wise career choices. Thoroughly updated, the Third Edition of Career Theory and Practice takes a multicultural approach as it blends theory, practical examples, and specific cases, helping readers apply a wide range of career development theories to counseling clients.

Part I: Fundamentals
Chapter 1. Career Counseling: An Overview
Chapter 2. Cultural Contexts and Career Counseling
Chapter 3. Testing and Assessment
Chapter 4. The Case of Leslie
Chapter 5. The Delivery of Culturally Responsive Career Counseling
Part II: Theories
Chapter 6. Holland’s Theory of Vocational Personalities and Work Environments
Chapter 7. The Theory of Work Adjustment
Chapter 8. Super’s Developmental Theory
Chapter 9. Gottfredson’s Theory of Circumscription and Compromise
Chapter 10. Social Cognitive Career Theory
Chapter 11. Other Emerging Approaches
Part III: Applications
Chapter 12. Ethical and Professional Issues Integrating Career Development in Different Settings
Chapter 13. Information about World of Work
Chapter 14. Integration with Non-Career Issues
Chapter 15. Summary
Appendix A. Leslie’s Profiles
Appendix B. National Career Development Association’s Code of Ethics
Appendix C. Sample O*Net Summary (Mental Health Counselor)


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning.

Jane L. Swanson and Nadya A. Fouad do a masterful job of bringing theory to life through the lived stories of actual career clients. I very much appreciated the book’s format, the examples, the discussion questions, and the richly developed case examples.”

Mary J. Heppner, University of Missouri, Columbia, commenting on the First Edition

“The case study method is very effective. Students can see firsthand how the theories are interpreted and applied. Often they get a better understanding of their own lives and career history.”

Anne Zachmeyer, Rochester Institute of Technology

“Theory discussion is complete and usable for students; the quality of the text is strong.”

Meredith J. Drew, Centenary College

This textbook is a simple read that provides a great introduction for career counseling. The authors offer a variety of vignettes throughout the book that gives students/readers an opportunity to apply the theories they are learning to the case studies. The case study on Leslie was throughout the book and was built upon with many chapters to give the reader additional material for helping this client. I would have personally liked to see a variety of case studies throughout the book. I do believe students reading this book will have applicable and relevant tools to apply the information learned to the real world of counseling. Rebecca N.

Mrs Rebecca Jan Noz
School of Leadership & Education Studies, University Of San Diego
February 21, 2019

This text provides very concrete exercises and addresses career counseling theory in a multi-cultural aspect that is more comprehensive and current than other texts.

Dr Deborah F Moses
Human Services Dept, Metropolitan State University
April 18, 2018

This easy to read book provides a good overview of career theories and management models earthed in case studies. Recommended for students, especially at postgraduate level, who want to understand where their careers fit in to the big picture

Mr Rob Edward Wood
Student Services, Southampton University
July 28, 2015

Detailed presentation of career theory and its practical perspectives

Mr Christian Lystbaek
Institute of Business and Technology, Aarhus University
December 26, 2015

Great length, case study approach, good multicultural material, right amount of theory and counseling application. Like the new features and chapters.

Dr Sue Motulsky
Division of Counseling & Psychology, Lesley University
January 14, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

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