Counseling Certification Program
HUS 682: CAREER AND LIFESTYLE COUNSELING THROUGH THE LIFESPAN: APPLICATIONS
TO HUMAN SERVICE DELIVERY
Master of Human Services
Instructor: Dr. Effie Bastas
Phone: (215) 842-0678
Credit hours: 3
Office hours: W, Th 1-6
Pre-requisites: Master's degree in Human Services or related
field; eligibility for licensing as professional counselor.
description: This course will examine the theoretical framework and professional
skills and tools used in the career counseling process. The course will present
major theories of career development and introduce the student to principles,
methods and tools of career assessment and decision-making. Applications of career
counseling skills to a variety of human service settings will be explored, as
well as the significance of career development through the lifespan. Students
will examine their own career development and advancement and apply the skills
of career counseling to a practicum client.
Study career development theories and career development models.
Understand the history and development of the field of vocational psychology.
Examine the role of values, interests, skills, and personality factors in career
Delineate differences in career development needs across the lifespan and among
a variety of special populations.
Explore methods and tools for advising individuals and groups about career implementation,
career and lifestyle options, and career changes.
Understand the role of career counseling in human services practice.
objectives: Students will be able to:
Identify career counseling theories and models.
Select among models to develop methods consistent with their counseling practice.
Access traditional and on-line sources of career information.
Identify and administer at least three career assessment tools.
Design appropriate career counseling plans or programs for specific individuals
and groups in human services settings.
Assist individuals to develop job search skills such as resume writing and interviewing.
Use the principles of lifespan career development to understand and plan the student's
own career path.
Apply career counseling methods to at least one individual practicum client.
Students will be required to comply with established principles and tenets of
academic integrity as delineated by Lincoln University policy.
Students will be required to attend all classes. Three absences will constitute
a failure of the course.
Students will be expected to participate in classroom discussions, as well as
complete all in-class exercises, role-plays, and/or in-class activities.
Each student will be required to give an in-class presentation identifying and
describing one career assessment tool, such as inventories of interests, skills,
and values. Standardization, utilization, and multicultural implications of the
instrument will be presented. Application to human services settings will be described.
The presentation will be 20-30 minutes in length.
Each student will be required to give an in-class presentation summarizing a contemporary
journal article in the field of career development. Articles will discuss trends,
innovations, and current best practice in career counseling.
Each student will complete a 5-8 page career self-assessment, including work history
and resume, the results of at least two inventories assessing interests, values,
and/or abilities, and a timeline and career path plan, recognizing and identifying
developmental issues throughout the lifespan.
Each student will submit a 10-12 page final paper applying his/her chosen career
development theory and a comprehensive assessment and career development plan
and rationale for one identified practicum client in a human services agency setting.
E.L. and Cramer, S.H. (2003). Career guidance and counseling through the lifespan:
Systematic approaches (6th edition). New York: Harper Collins.
V. G. (2001). Career counseling: Applied concepts of life planning (6th edition).
Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Sharp, R. (2002). Applying career development
theory to counseling. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
The Counseling Psychologist
Journal of Counseling and
Career Development Quarterly
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Employment Counseling
of Occupational Psychology
Journal of Career Assessment
The School Counselor
Journal of Rehabilitation Education and Vocational Guidance Training and Development
3-6: Assessment presentations (in alphabetical order)
7-10: Journal article presentations (in alphabetical order)
8: Career self-assessment due
11: Client career assessment (final paper) due
Assessment of student
will be based on the following:
Final paper: 40%
CAREER COUNSELING TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
1: Introduction to course: Process and outcomes of career counseling through the
life span Theories of career development
Week 2: History of career and vocational
counseling Traditional and non-traditional appraisal instruments
3: Presentations on career assessment tools Career awareness exercise
4: Presentations on career assessment tools Career counseling case study
5: Presentations on career assessment tools Salient issues and special populations
6: Presentations on career assessment tools Ethical issues
7: Presentations on journal articles Planning and delivering career services
8: Presentations on journal articles Skills and aptitudes in career counseling
Career self-assessment due
9: Presentations on journal articles Job search strategies Sources of information
10: Presentations on journal articles Career counseling practice
11: Applications of learnings: The role of career counseling in human services
Client career counseling assessment (final paper) due
Week 12: Course wrap-up