Key Questions in Career Counseling: Techniques to Deliver Effective Career Counseling Services

Key Questions in Career Counseling: Techniques to Deliver Effective Career Counseling Services

Key Questions in Career Counseling: Techniques to Deliver Effective Career Counseling Services

Key Questions in Career Counseling: Techniques to Deliver Effective Career Counseling Services

Synopsis

This book's purpose is to provide a tool for career services personnel to deliver more effective, consistent career counseling. Its primary objective is to present a career counseling process model, including sequential stages and steps, along with a method (the Key Questions Technique) for successfully implementing the model. It is intended to serve as the bridge between the theoretical and the applied worlds of career counseling, and it is hoped that this book will increase the standards of professionalism and objectivity for the many diverse practitioners who currently conduct career counseling in the workplace.

Excerpt

What could be better than having people ask you to write a book? What could be nicer than having workshop participants take notes on your ad libs? How about finding a compatible writing partner who balances your style, moods, and stamina? Yes, it is true, you may be lucky enough to leave your legacy in print, but, until you try it, you have no idea how to compress what you think you know about a subject into a useable tool for your intended audience.

We believe the work of career counseling requires both a "technology" and spontaneous imagination. We have provided a structured model as our technology and key questions to stimulate the imagination. We hope you can use some or all of our method to provide high-quality, effective career counseling services for your clients and yourself.

Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge the many supporters of our book project: Patricia Crull, our former vice president, who endorsed the development of the career counseling workshops; all the wonderful people at the Baxter Institute for Training and Development; the enthusiastic participants in the career counseling workshops who demanded more and more key questions; Cindy Kivland, our Consulting Psychologists Press representative, who threw the book idea at us; our colleagues and fellow IACMP members who cheered us on during the draft stages; Audrey Allen and extended family for giving up Bob on nights and weekends; the Guerriero clan, a family of firsts; Laurie Knutson, who persevered through numerous drafts with humor and patience; Jenny Harbecke, the fastest learner of software in the Midwest; and would-be authors out there--don't give up your dreams of being in print!

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