Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling

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Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2010 - Business & Economics - 516 pages
"Go beyond theory to show students how to apply principles in a counseling setting with Sharf, Applying career development theory to counseling, Fifth Edition. Useful for practicing counselors and counselors-in-training, Sharf covers three major theoretical areas (trait and type, life-span and special-focus theories), in the last chapter discusses theoretical integration with each theory providing a unique perspective on career development. The text features numerous case examples, discusses practical and theoretical career assessment, and integrates labor-market information with career theory. Highly praised for its clear writing style, useful case examples and diversity coverage, Sharf strikes the ideal balance between theory and application."--Publisher's website.

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This book covers the basic, however it is a poor choice for anyone outside a classroom experience. It lacks many of the amenities of textbooks and poorly relates the subject dodging between theory in mid-explanation rather than explaining theory and then comparing and contrasting ideas of two and often three or four theories at once. It is a good review for anyone who may have a solid background in Career counseling as a refresher for a State exam. Very poor for introducing the student to career counseling. The companion website is not very helpful as the only study aid is a 10 question multiple choice test and each chapter has a link to a Final exam which is again a short multiple choice test. If you are an instructor who wants your students to have a full educational experience choose another text, please.  

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About the author (2010)

Richard S. Sharf has been a counseling psychologist at the Center for Counseling and Student Development at the University of Delaware for 37 years, providing counseling to university students. He also was the internship coordinator for the Psychology Doctoral Internship program. In addition, he taught graduate courses in counseling in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In writing THEORIES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING: CONCEPTS AND CASES, he corresponded with over 70 experts on theories of psychotherapy to ensure that the book is accurate and up to date. He is also author of APPLYING CAREER DEVELOPMENT THEORY TO COUNSELING, 6th Edition (2014, Cengage Learning).

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