Assignment: Introduction To Career Counseling

Introduction to Career Counseling

An outline of the information contained in the video, Inspiring Career Practitioners to Connect Theory and Practice, is listed below. Review the information below and research each of the areas. Once you have completed this task, write a 3-5 page paper reflecting on the material you researched and answering the questions below. Use no less than 5 scholarly sources (Do NOT use Internet websites) along with the text to complete this assignment Start the paper by sharing your own perception as to the value of career counseling.

Consider the following theories and theorists:

John Holland (Person-Environment Fit)

· Core concepts

· Holland’s terms

· Strengths of theory

· How practitioners can use the theory

· How the theory can be applied

· Practical guidance

Donald Super (Life Span)

· Core concepts

· Strengths of theory

· How practitioners can use the theory

· Dr. Super discusses his theory

John Krumboltz (Happenstance)

· Central focus

· Strengths of theory

· Clients who benefit from the theory

· Guidance for practitioners

· Instrumental and associative theory

· Happenstance

Nancy Schlossberg (Transition Theory)

· Core concepts

· Strengths of theory

· Guidance for practitioners

· Where the theory is most useful

Sunny Hansen (Integrative Life Planning)

· Core concepts

· Strengths of theory

· Guidance for practitioners

· Role of spirituality

· Applications of theory

Then, address the following questions:

· What insight did you from your research?

· Discuss which of the theorists you found yourself agreeing with the most, and make sure to include which aspects of his or her theory appealed to you

· If you were to combine two of the theories presented above into your own integrated theory, which two theories would you choose, and which aspects of these theories do you see as meshing well together?

· Discuss whether you think that the theory of a particular person is evident in the way questions or the type of questions that might be used for each theory—give at least two examples.

· On a personal level, which of the theorists listed above would you prefer to work with if you were to do your own career counseling? What is it about his or her style that your find appealing and approachable?

· Based on what you learned from your research, identify your potential strengths and weaknesses with respect to career counseling.

Grading Criteria

Content CriteriaTotal: 3 Points
Paper is a minimum of 3-5 pages in length, excluding the title or reference page.
Addresses each topic fully and clearly, drawing on specific information from the learning material.
Includes introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement and a conclusion.
Reflects on key concepts related to the assignment.
No more than 10% of your paper should be direct quotes.
Writing and Organization CriteriaTotal: 1 Points
The central theme/purpose of the paper is clear.
The structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow.
The tone is appropriate to the content and assignment.
The thoughts are clear and include appropriate beginning, development, and conclusion.
Paragraph transitions are present, logical, and maintain the flow throughout the paper.
Sentences are complete, clear, and concise.
Sentences are well constructed, with consistently strong, varied sentences.
Sentence transitions are present and maintain the flow of thought.
Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed.
The paper uses words and language that are inclusive, clear, and unambiguous.
Spelling is correct.
Research CriteriaTotal: 1 Points
The paper includes a summary and analysis of research materials that are relevant to the assignment, e.g. scholarly journals, professional articles, legal documents, government documents, legal decisions, media clips, software, measurement instruments websites, personal communication, etc.
Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc, and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include wilkipedia.com and about.com.
Research focuses on the most current information (past five to ten years) except when citing seminal works (e.g. Freud, Erickson, etc.).
Paper includes the appropriate number of references required by the assignment.
When appropriate, the paper addresses ethical considerations in research.
Style CriteriaTotal: 1 Points
The paper is in the appropriate APA format used by the institution/program (e.g. the 6th edition).
The paper is double-spaced and in the appropriate length required by the assignment
The paper includes an APA style cover page.
The paper includes an Abstract that is formatted to support the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper properly uses headings, font styles, and white space as outlined in the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
The paper includes an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
The paper addresses the topic of the paper with critical thought.
The paper concludes with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
Citations of original works within the body of the paper follow the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition) guidelines.
The paper includes a References Page that is completed according to the appropriate version of APA Publication Manual (e.g. 6th edition).
Total Possible Points Total: 6 Points

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