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PSY-390-20, Career Counseling (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Diane MacKenzie, Ph.D., LCPC

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/ Thursday/6:00-8:45 PM, 01/30/2014-05/15/2014

CONTENT:

This course provides a practical and theoretical basis in personal and career development. Topics focus on occupational-educational information, career exploration techniques, vocational choice theory, and ethical standards, all within a context of diverse populations. Applications include computer-assisted career development and inventories. This is a service-learning course with a required service component for all students.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Students can expect to:

-Gain an understanding of the career development process over the lifespan.

-Obtain knowledge of significant career theorists.  Students will apply these theories to practice models for delivering career counseling, coaching and assessment services.

-Explore career interest and life’s purpose/meaning to obtain greater self-knowledge and understanding.

-Utilize on-line computer resources such as O*Net, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, (OOH). Complete an on-line career resource called Compass, by Woofound.

-Learn about trends and resources available to help people manage their careers.

-Utilize career assessment inventories, such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Strong Interest Inventory (SII), the Campbell Interest and Skill Inventory (CISI), the Self-Directed Search (SDS) and apply this knowledge on working with clients. 

-Develop an individualized portfolio/personal action plan.

-Identify ethical issues that impact the delivery of career counseling and coaching services.

-Learn about the pedagogy of service-learning as a form of experiential learning.

METHODS:  

Lectures, group discussion, use of career assessments, guest speakers, panels, student presentations, tests, and a service-learning requirement. Active participation in class discussions and analysis of cases is required.

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Two multiple choice and short essay tests:

         Mid-term exam - 15%  

         Final comprehensive exam - 20%

Complete a five page Research/Analysis Paper – 15%

Compile a career management portfolio - 15%

In class ten minute presentation - 10%

Participation in class - 5%

Service-Learning Project with reflection papers and discussion - 20%

Final Grade Distribution:

A=92-100; B+=88-91; B= 83-87; C+= 78-82; C=71-77; D=61-70; F=60 and Below         

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

Sharf, R.S. (2010) Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling, (6th Ed.) Pacific

Grove, Ca: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.  

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

None