Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Career Counseling Casebook: A Resource for Students, Practitioners, and Counselor Educators

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Career Counseling Casebook: A Resource for Students, Practitioners, and Counselor Educators

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The Career Counseling Casebook: A resource for students, practitioners, and counselor educators (2nd Ed.), by Spencer Niles, Jane Goodman, and Mark Pope. 2014. Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association. 492 Pages. Paper. $65.00.

This book is intended to be used as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students in exploring the various settings and applications of career counseling. It is in the form of case studies with responses. The Career Counseling Casebook starts with an introduction of ways to utilize it in a variety of settings, particularly in the classroom and with students. It then moves into a collection of over forty case studies that include career practitioners' responses from around the world. The case studies span age and developmental level starting with a nine-year-old, urban, African American male student and finishing with a couple, one of whom is retired and the other who feels she is in her vocational prime.

In addition, the case studies span multiple levels of diversity in age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, location, and ethnicity. These case studies also cover a variety of career concerns that range from elementary school and introduction to the career world, and concerns of a displaced homemaker contemplating divorce, and finally the intersection of retirement and still working. Some case studies also include a discussion of career and personal emotional issues.

Several case studies include assessment results such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI®, Self-Directed Search, and values scales. These assessments, results, and how the results can be used are discussed as part of the responses. …

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