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Understanding Career Counselling

Understanding Career Counselling
Theory, Research and Practice

March 2006 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding Career Counseling explores the theory, research, and practice of career counseling from a British perspective and brings them together in one concise volume. The book addresses exactly what is meant by the term 'career' in the 21st century and the implications this has for those working with clients at different stages of their career. This book is unique in that it clearly relates career theories to career counseling, which is often an unclear area for trainees.

Divided into two clear parts, the first provides a comprehensive account of theories of career development and career counseling and their implications for practice. Taking a critical approach, it also shows how research informs our understanding of the field. In the second part, career counseling skills, tools, and techniques are described, including the use of assessment tools and the internet. The book also covers ethical issues and evaluation.

Understanding Career Counseling is invaluable for students undergoing training in career guidance, career counseling, outplacement counseling or career coaching, but it will also be a use to students on occupational psychology and human resource management courses. In addition, experienced career practitioners wishing to find out more about recent developments within their profession.

Theories of Career Decision Making
Theories of Adult Career Development
Counselling Theories
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Career Counseling
The Career Counselling Process and the Skills Involved
Assessment Tools and Techniques
Career Information
Using Information and Communications Technology in Career Counseling
Ethical Issues

`[This] is an exciting book, written in clear, accessible style. It’s an informative guide for anyone wishing to explore career counselling as a topic and process’ – Professional Manager

'At a time when the career counselling profession has been under some pressure in the UK, it is good to have an up-to-date text which cogently outlines the strong base of theory, research and practice upon which this professional activity is built. Jenny Kidd’s lucid text will provide an invaluable resource for new entrants to career counselling and related fields, as well as for established practitioners' - Professor Tony Watts, Senior Fellow and Life President, National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge

"Understanding career counseling-theory, research and practice by Jennifer M Kidd is designed to help those who offer career support to strengthen and deepen their understanding of the theoretical basis of the work."

Jackie Howie
Univerity of Glasglow

A useful text for students which provides a good overview of both theory and practice in relation to career counselling. The discussion and debate sections at the end of chapters is particularly useful in helping students to develop their thinking.

Mrs Sarah Finlay
Social Work and Communities, Northumbria University
February 26, 2015

A very useable book, well laid out and easy to read. The topic is covered in a professional logical manner.

Miss Julia Chiari
Employability, Work Ready People- Hit
December 18, 2014

A book which I would strongly refer my students to which they could read alongside their course

Mrs Jo Pothecary
Foundation Studies, Wiltshire College
November 21, 2012

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ISBN: 9781412903394