Career Counseling Theory and Practice for Therapists

School of Professional Psychology and Health MCP 5646 3.00

The professional practice of career counseling has much to offer to professional psychologist working in community settings. Community mental health as practiced by marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs) is changing dramatically. The recovery model of mental health allows the possibility that all patients and clients will get well. Many of these clients will want to go back to work or go to work for the first time. How can a therapist support these decisions? Client-centered therapy encourages the patient to make decisions about wellness and the types of activities she/he will be involved in. What is the role of the therapist in supporting options that are realistic, achievable and appropriate for the patient? In addition, it is increasingly clear that not having a job is a barrier to the effective engagement in therapy for many adolescents and adults. Career counseling skills will be an important tool for therapists wishing to increase access to care. Helping clients with career choice and adjustment issues is a vital skill in today’s rapidly changing economy, and particularly in the field of community mental health. Critical labor market shortages for community-based therapists will present challenges for those identifying careers for themselves, changing careers, and transitioning from careers in public and community mental health. There exists a broad literature and many effective, evidence-based theories of career development and counseling. This course will equip the therapist in selecting and implementing theories that support the individual developmental needs of the client. Priority to MCP students (Including CMHW and ICPW Students)

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