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The Career Counselor's Handbook

Author: Howard Figler and Richard N. Bolles

Course Created: 2004

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 10 hours
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Course Summary

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of career counseling.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • "So You're a Career Counselor! Just Exactly What Do You Do?"
  • What Does "Career" Mean?
  • The Six Objectives of Career Counseling
  • The 12 Most Important Skills a Career Counselor Uses
  • The Mystery of Career Choice
  • Facing the Challenge of Ego: Is It Your Career or Theirs?
  • The Past: Our History
  • A History of Ideas and Events in the Job-Hunting Field during the Twentieth Century
  • The Present: How to Survive and Prosper
  • Prospering as a Career Counselor
  • Learning Self-Promotion
  • The Annual Career Checkup
  • The Present: What Our Tools Are
  • How to Do 1-2-3 Career Counseling
  • How to Use Career Assessment Tools
  • How to Use Occupational Forecasts
  • How to Use Information in Career Counseling
  • Career Counselors and the Internet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • How to Use Just One Hour
  • How to Use Group Work
  • Principles of Effective Group Workshops
  • Teach Your Clients to Show What They Can Do
  • The Present: Special Problems
  • TheProblem Called "Motivation"
  • Helping Clients Get "Unblocked": The Brain and the Safekeeping Self
  • Confronting Clients Whose Actions Don't Match Their Words
  • Helping the "Impossible Client"
  • Don't Let the Bureaucracy Grind Down Your Clients
  • The 60-30-10 Rule: The Necessity Of Maximizing Face-to-Face Contact
  • The Present: For Clients Who Want to Be "On Their Own"
  • A Return to the Real America
  • How to Help Our Clients Think about Self-Employment
  • Schooling and Entrepreneuring
  • Five Business Cards Instead of One
  • The Present: Values
  • Freedom
  • Helping Clients Define Success
  • Doing Well and Doing Good
  • Adding Value
  • Helping Clients Avoid Cheating in Their Careers
  • The Present: Spirituality
  • The Place of God in Career Counseling
  • The Future
  • Where Is Career Counseling Heading?
  • Five Rules for Dealing with Change in the New Millennium
  • How to Stay Fresh

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history of career counseling
  • Describe an effective method to find clients
  • Explain the annual career checkup idea
  • Describe the benefits of the internet for job-hunters
  • Explain dealing with difficult clients
  • The participant will demonstrate familiarity with ways for an employee to add value


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