Education | Career Counseling Theory and Practice
G552 | 5503 | Dr. Susan Whiston

To develop an understanding of lifestyle and career development across
the life-span.  The students will develop a knowledge base concerning
career theories and techniques for exploring the interests, aptitudes,
and values of clients in order to assist them in making reasoned
career and lifestyle decisions.


1. Students will analyze current trends in career and lifestyle

2. Students will discuss the concept of life-span career development.

3. Students will develop a knowledge base concerning career
development theories and decision-making models

4. Students will develop a knowledge base concerning career,
avocational, educational and labor market information resources,
visual and print media, and computer-based career information systems.

5. Students will analyze the relationship between interests, skills,
and values and career decisions.

6. Students will develop skills related to career development program
planning, organization, implementation, administration, and

7. Students will compare and contrast assessment instruments and
techniques relevant to career planning and decision-making..

8. Students will discuss career and educational placement, follow-up
and evaluation.

9. Students will discuss the interrelationship among lifestyle, work,
family, and leisure.

10. Students will explain career and educational decision making
techniques for facilitating career decision making.

11. Students will compare computer based career development
applications and strategies, including computer-assisted career
guidance systems.

12. Students will analyze the interrelationship among work, family,
and other life roles and factors including multicultural and gender
issues as related to career development.

13. Students will describe career counseling processes, techniques and
resources including those applicable to special populations.

14. Students will assess an individual's interests, abilities and

15. Students will examine ethical considerations in career


Gysbers, N. C., Heppner, M.J., & Johnston, J. A. (1998). Career
counseling: Process, issues, and techniques. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.


Instructional procedures will consist of lectures, class discussions,
guest speakers, and related exercises. Participation in classroom
career assessments and exercises is voluntary but content of the
material is the student's responsibility.


1. Each student will be required to take two examinations based on
class lectures, handouts, and materials covered in the textbook.  Each
exam is worth 30% if the total grade.  The tentative examination
schedule is:

First Exam

March 6, 2002
Chapters: 1 through 8

Second Exam
May 1, 2002
Chapters: 9 though 17

2. Each student will be required to assess the interests, aptitudes,
and values of an individual using EDIT's instruments (COPS, CAPS,
COPES) and prepare a report.  The summary is due April 3, 2002 and is
worth 15% of the total grade.  The COPS, CAPS, and COPES instruments
can be purchased from the bookstore.  It is suggested that the
students carefully review the assessment instruments before
administering them to a client.

3. A paper is required on a topic related to career counseling and the
program track you are pursuing.  The topic of the paper must be agreed
upon with the instructor before April 3, 2002 and is due on April 24,
2002.  This paper will represent 25% of the total grade.


1. The two exams will be graded according to the following:

97.5% to 100% = A+
92.5 to 97.4 = A
90 to 92.4 = A-
87.5 to 89.9 = B+
82.5 to 87.4 = B
80 to 82.4 = B-
77.5 to 79.9 = C+
72.5 to 77.4 = C
70 to 72.4 = C-
60 to 69 = D
< 60 = F

2. The report of the COPS, CAPS and COPES will be evaluated on the
quality of the report.  This paper will be deducted a half grade for
each week that it is late.

3.  The paper will be evaluated according to the following procedures:
References and use of references: Use APA Publication Manual,  4th
English usage, style, and form
Evidence of student academic involvement with the topic of the paper
This paper will be deducted a half grade for each week that it is


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Tentative Schedule- Spring 2002
January 9
Historical overview

January 16
Career theories

January 23
Career theories

January 30

February 6

February 13
Difficult clients/work pathology

February 20
Case studies

February 27
Career counseling process

March 6
First Exam

March 13
Spring Break

March 20
Job search skills

March 27
Women's issues
Men's issues

April 3
Occupational information
Employment outlook

April 10
Technology and career counseling

April 17
Retirement and working with older clients
Special populations

April 24
Career counseling evaluation

May 1
Second Exam