Eastern Illinois University

Department of Counseling and Student Development

Summer, 2006

Career Counseling

CSD 5920


Instructor:            Dr.Richard Roberts, Ph.D.

Office Phone:       (217) 581-2400

Office:                 Room 2104, Buzzard Hall

E-mail:                 rlroberts@eiu.edu

Office Hours:        by request

Classroom:           Hybrid


Purpose of Course:


This coure is designed to provide an understanding of career development and related life factors. Special emphasis will be placed on counseling processes designed to assess and assist individuals with career development problems and/or issues. Prerequisite: CSD 5500, 5510, 5520, 5530, or by permission of chair.


CEPS Theme: "Educator as Creators of Effective Educational Environments. Integrating Students, Subjects, Strategies, and Societies."


Textbook:           Zunker,Vernon . (2002). 6 th edition, Career Counseling: Applied Concepts of Life Planning.



Objectives of the Course:


Students will:


1.              Become knowledgeable of major career development theories and decision-making models, including ethical and legal considerations.


2.              Identify representative occupational resources, including technology-based career development applications and strategies, as well as career guidance information systems and appropriate worldwide web sites.


3.             Apply career counseling processes, including interrelationships among and between work, family, and other life roles such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physcial disabilities.


4.              Develop an understanding of career and eduational planning, placement, follow-up, and evaluation.


5. Provide an understanding of assessment instruments and techniques that are relevant to career planning and decision-making.


Method Of Instruction:


Several of the following methods will be used: lecture, class discussion, small group work, and role-playing. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, to go beyond textbook and lectures to enhance personal awareness and self-development.



Requirements Of Course:


I.               Quizzes Over the Reading. You will have a quiz over each of thechapters assigned to read. You will be quizzed over the reading in the textbook only, not the lectures or any other materials. Each quiz is worth 10 pointsand I will take the best 10 out of 11 scores for your quiz grade.


II.             Participate in Threaded Discussions: You will be assigned in-class or threaded discussions for each module. The instructor will provide the discussion topic but you are welcome to digress as needed. I will grade your class discussion based on timelines and quality of answer.


III.                        Career Theory Paper: Choose one career theory from the text and write a 10-page paper on it. The paper is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of a single career theory– a theory that interests you and one you may choose to use as a future school counselor.


Using professional writings, present 1) a very brief overview of the major tenets of the theory you have selected, 2) a detailed explanation of one or two techniques or methods employed by counselors using the theory, and 3) an example of how it might be used in a school, agency, or higher education setting. When discussing the technique/method, be sure to discuss its purpose, underlying philosophy, and such things as when and how it may be used, when it is not useful, and what limitations you may have identified. Use a minimum of 5 articles and two books to support your paper. The paper, including title page and references should not exceed 10 pages. This means you will need to write clearly and parsimoniously throughout the paper.



The Department of Counseling and Student Development expects all research papers, theses, and field studies to be written using APA style. This format for writing and for referencing andciting others' work is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition, 2001. Each student is encouraged to purchase a copy of the APA style manual since its guidelines are used for all departmental courses requiring research papers. This format provides theguidelines for margins, spacing, bibliography, title page, documentation, abstract, tables, and running and short heads.



IV.                       Counseling Intake Interview and Paper: Each student will be required to turn in a treatment plan report. To accomplish this assignment, you will need to find a volunteer who will agree to a single-session intake interview that will last approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours. The volunteer must be as least 18 years old and must sign an Informed Consent Form supplied to you by the instructor. The information collected in this single-session intake interview will be incorporated into a 5-part report. This assignment is designed to give you a practical, “hands-on” learning experience in career counseling planning. As such, to be most beneficial, your volunteer should be someone who is experiencing difficulty in the career decision-makingprocess.


In conducting the interview, students should follow the procedures and guidelinesoutlined in the Liptak text (provided by instructor). After completing the intake interview, the information supplied by the volunteer should be organized into a 5-part treatment plan report. The five parts of the treatment plan report – along with brief descriptions of what should be included - are asfollow:


1.            Intake Assessment – this section should includedemographic, historical, career, and personal information.

2.            Case Conceptualization – Based on informationgained in the intake assessment, this section should be your theoretical conceptualization of the focus of treatment.

3.            Treatment Goals – Based on your theoretical conceptualization, this section should list global, long-term goals that willbe the focus of treatment.

4.            Objectives – This section should include theshort-term objectives necessary to meet the treatment goals. There are usually several objectives for each goal and the objectives are expressed in behaviorally measurable terms.

5.            Interventions – This section should include thespecific actions that should be taken by the counselor to help the client achieve his/her objectives (and ultimately his/her goals).


You will be evaluated on this assignment based on (a) the quality of each of your sections in the report, (b) the degree to which you demonstrate an understanding of each of the sections, (c) organization, grammar, punctuation,and spelling, and (d) adherence to the stated parameters of the assignment.


V.                          Resume/Cover Letter. You are required to submit a current resume and cover letter. Prepare this project as if you were applying for a school counseling position. Use a principal, superintendent, or director as the addressee. Examples and format will be covered in class.


Criteria for Evaluation:                              Points                       GradeDistribution

                                                                                                  Percent of Total Points

Ø         Quizzes over reading                                   100                            360-400= A

Ø         Participation                                                50                             320-359 = B

Ø         Career Theory Paper                                  100                           Below 320 = C

Ø         Career Intake Interview Report                   100

Ø         Resume/Cover Letter                                 50

                  Total Points                                     400                          


Course Calendar

Module   Date               Topic                                                                            Assignment
    1      June 13           Foundations of Career Counseling                                  Zunker Chap. 1; Quiz
    2      June 15             Career Counseling Theories (Part 1)                               Zunker, Chap. 2; Quiz

    3      June 20             Career Counseling Theories (Part 2)                               Zunker, Chap. 3; Quiz
    4      June 22           Career Counseling Process                                            No Reading; No Quiz
                                                                                                                        Theory Paper Due

    5      June 27             Career Models                                                              Zunker, Chap. 4; Quiz

    6      June 29           Intake Interviews                                                          Zunker, Chap. 5; Quiz
    7                              Assessment                                                                  Zunker, Chap. 7,8; Quiz

            July 04              No Class

    8      July 06             Interdomain Model of Career Counseling                                    Handouts
    9                              Interdomain (Part 2)                                                     

  10       July 11              Interdomain (Part 3)                                                       Handouts
  11                               Special Populations                                                        Zunker, Chap. 10; Quiz
                                                                                                                         Intake Interview Due

  12      July 13                        Career Counseling in Schools                                         Zunker, Chap 16,17; Quiz
  13                              Career Counseling in Universities                                   Zunker, Chap 18; Quiz

  14       July18               Cover Letter/Resume/Interview                                     Handouts

            July 20                        Wrap Up                                                                      Cover Letter/Resume Due

Dates in Bold = Face-to-Face meeting