Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling / Edition 5

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Intended for upper-division undergraduate or graduate programs of counselor education and human services. The course name is often called Career Counseling, Career Counseling Theories or Career Development.

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A text for a beginning graduate course in a curriculum of career counseling, testing, guidance, or theory. Presents the major principles of the major types of career theories, including trait and type, lifespan, and special focus; and shows how they can be integrated in counselling practice. The second edition enlarges the coverage of personal factors, women and minorities, class and family, and other considerations; the first edition appeared in the early 1990s. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
New edition of a resource that presents key theories and research to help career counselors assist clients. Sharf (U. of Delaware) focuses on one theory per chapter, showing how each can be applied to counseling and how it can be a guide to the use of occupational information, tests, inventories, and other tools that help provide insight into career concerns. Topics include trait and type, life-span and special focus theories, and theoretical integration. New features include a chapter on constructivist approaches (replacing the former one on psychodynamic approaches) and material on cognitive information processing theory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495804703
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Series: Graduate Career Counseling Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 604,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard S. Sharf served as Associate Professor of Individual and Family Studies and Psychology at the University of Delaware. For more than 30 years, he worked as a psychologist in the Center for Counseling and Student Development, doing therapy with university students until his retirement in 2005. Additional Cengage Learning titles from Dr. Sharf include THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING: CONCEPTS AND CASES and LIFE'S CHOICES: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Part I: TRAIT AND TYPE THEORIES. 2. Trait and Factor Theory. 3. Occupations: Information and Theory. 4. Work Adjustment Theory. 5. Holland's Theory of Types. 6. Myers-Briggs Type Theory. Part II: LIFE-SPAN THEORY. 7. Career Development in Childhood. 8. Adolescent Career Development. 9. Late Adolescent and Adult Career Development. 10. Adult Career Crises and Transitions. Part III: SPECIAL FOCUS THEORIES. 11. Constructivist and Narrative Approaches to Career Development. 12. Relational Approaches to Career Development. 13. Krumboltz's Social Learning Theory. 14. Social Cognitive Career Theory. 15. Career Decision-Making Approaches. Part IV: THEORETICAL INTEGRATION. 16. Theories in Combination. Appendix A. CACREP Criteria. Appendix B. Tests and Their Publishers. Appendix C. Websites. Name Index. Subject Index.

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    Posted November 22, 2009


    Boring. Dull. Dry as burnt roast. Poorly laid out. Does not stick to topic, lots of jumping around. Poorly explained. No indepth information, just bits and pieces. Not worth the cost. Professors, get a different book. Students, run in the opposite direction from any class that uses this text. Yuck yuck yuck. This text should come with a case of No-Doz. The only reason I put even one star on the customer rating is because it is required to have something there. Other wise, NO stars.

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