Richard Sharf goes beyond simply presenting theory to show the reader how to apply the principles in a counseling setting, making this book useful for both practicing counselors and counselors-in-training. Sharf covers three major theoretical areas (trait and type, life-span, and special-focus theories) in Parts I-III, then discusses theoretical integration in Part IV, with each theory providing a unique perspective on career development. The book also offers numerous case examples, discusses career testing from a practical and theoretical perspective, and integrates labor-market information with career theory. In addition, this book has been praised for having a clear writing style, useful case examples, and material included throughout on diversity.
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 (booknews.com)
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.