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Career Counseling: A Case Study
A case study of the career counseling process.
# 153495 | 1,676 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2013 in Psychology (Case Studies)

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The paper outlines this client's background and relates that the key problems the client needs to address are deciding which career to pursue and developing a plan for obtaining her career goals. The paper looks at the client's work history, career aspirations, education, family history, depression and sleep problems, and considers the counselor-client relationship. Next, the paper discusses the setting and implementation of the client's goals, the possible career she can pursue and the possible follow-up activities that will assist her in achieving her goals.

Alaina's Background
Current Motivation for Seeking Counseling
Potential Issues or Problems
Counselor/Client Relationships
Setting and Implementation of Alaina's Goals
Possible Career or Educational Information
Possible Follow-Up Activities

From the Paper:

"Alaina is a 40 year-old Caucasian woman of Greek Irish ancestry seeking vocational counseling at a career center. Alaina is a former schoolteacher who decided to leave her teaching career behind after two years, because she was burned out. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Journalism, and a M.S. in Education but for the past two years, Alaina has been working as a consultant for writing programs used to train managers and salespersons for utility companies. She lives with her husband (Bill) and two children (Michael and Libby), ages seven and eleven years old. Alaina is seeking vocational counseling, because she is dissatisfied with her occupation as a technical writer. She considered vocational counseling for one year before coming to the career center. Alaina is interested in pursuing a career as a technical writer, editor, dietician, publisher, or a recreation planner. She is currently undecided about which occupation she will pursue, and has no plan for obtaining her career goals. She has employment experience as a high school teacher and a writer.
"The key problems the client needs to address in order of importance are the following: deciding which career to pursue and, developing a plan for obtaining her career goals. An examination of why Alaina continues to experience a pattern of job dissatisfaction may also be necessary."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Capuzzi, D., & Stauffer, M.D. (2006). Career counseling: Foundations, perspectives, andapplications. Boston, MA: Pearson Education
  • Komossa et. al. (2010). Second-generation antipsychotics for major depressive disorder and dysthymia. Cochrane Depression Anxiety and Neurosis Group.
  • Whiston, S. C. (2009). Principles and applications in assessment counseling. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.
  • Zunker, V. (2002). Career counseling: Applied concepts of life planning (6th Ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth Group, Brooks/Cole.
  • Zucker, V. (2006). Career Counseling: A holistic approach (7th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Thompson Learning.

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