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									                                   Pittsburg State University
                                      College of Education
                             Department of Psychology & Counseling
                                          Spring 2010

Psych 748.01 Career Development        Th 4:00 to 6:00pm
Instructor: Harriet Bachner, Ph.D.
Office: 205F Whitesitt Hall            Office phone: 620 235-4633
Office Hours: M 1-3pm, T 11am-12:30pm, W 11am-2pm, Th 1-3:30pm, F 10am-12N & by

Course Description: This course is a study of the concept of career development & of sources of
information related to the world of work. Emphasis is placed on an in-depth exploration of the
theories & practice of career counseling with the primary goal of the clinical application to real-
world situations.

Course Outcomes: After completion of the course, students will be able to:
   1. Describe their own level of career development as that relates to the various theories of
      career development & counseling.
   2. Identify & describe the basic elements of the theories & stages of career development &
   3. Describe various aspects of these theories & stages as they relate to success, mid-life
      changes, life expectancy, stress and burn out, & other issues of interest to the class members.
   4. Discuss the historical aspects related to concepts & research about career guidance &
   5. Apply theory & research about career development to various clinical issues affecting diverse
      individuals, their career & personal development throughout the lifespan.

   CACREP Competencies: CACREP Standard 4. Studies that provide an understanding of
   career development and related life factors, including all of the following:
       a. Using career development theories and decision-making models
       b. Identifying career, avocational, educational, occupational and labor market information
          resources, and career information systems
       c. Career development program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and
       d. Distinguishing interrelationships among and between work, family, and other life roles and
          factors, including the role of multicultural issues in career development
       e. Providing career and educational planning, placement, follow-up, and evaluation with
          students & clients.
       f. Using assessment instruments and techniques relevant to career planning and decision
       g. Identifying career counseling processes, techniques, and resources, including those
          applicable to specific populations in a global economy
Eligibility requirements & prerequisites: Psych 748 may be taken by either graduate students or
by upper division undergraduates who wish to gain a basic understanding of the career development
& counseling. The prerequisite is 9 credits of education &/or psychology.
Required text:
Sharf, R.S. (2010). Applying career development theory to counseling, 5th ed. Belmont, CA:
Selected readings & resources are also posted on ANGEL

To assess your learning style, go to the following site:

Instructional procedures & activities: The instruction involves a combination of lecture,
discussion of readings & media, & activities in which students are encouraged to be active
participants. Some of these activities use small group format, video, student presentations, guest
speakers, & a field trip to the career center.

Since this course is about career development, this is your opportunity to gain insight into yourself &
your career. Class discussion is vital to the enjoyment of the class. Your participation & sharing of
anecdotal examples help make this class lively & memorable. Come to class prepared to be active in
discussing the readings, your ideas, & experiences that are relevant to the readings & the lecture.

Incomplete policy: The grade of incomplete is not given if students are unable to attend a
substantial portion of the class meetings or to complete most of the assignments & tests. An
incomplete grade is considered only if some urgent unforeseen event prevents the student from
completing one of the assignments or the final exam & the student notifies the instructor before the
final exam. See the PSU Catalog for additional explanation of the incomplete policy.
Check the PSU course schedule & catalog for information on withdrawals, incompletes, & academic
honesty. Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, collusion, & falsifying academic
records. See the PSU catalog for more information regarding academic honesty.

Regarding citation of sources: A direct quote is the use of 5 or more words in sequence from
the source. When quoting or paraphrasing one must give credit (reference) to the source using
APA style. Otherwise, it is considered plagiarism. Use APA style in all of the assignments,
particularly when using sources. You are expected to use correct grammar, spelling, & to
proof read your assignments before you submit them. The writing center is available to help
you with your writing style.

Attendance policy: You are expected to attend class regularly & participate in class discussions &
activities, to notify the instructor if you will have an extended absence, to make arrangements to
complete any missed work, & obtain class notes. So if you are absent, I assume that you have a
good reason for not attending class, otherwise you would be in class. Therefore, do not bring me
any written excuse. I do not evaluate the quality of your absence: an absence is an absence, no
matter what the reason. Attendance is considered in the calculation of the final grade. 3 or more
absences result in your grade being lowered by one (1) letter grade. Thus, the calculation of the
grade begins at the total points for a B. It is recommended that you drop the course if you miss 4 or
more classes. The last day to drop a course is April 9 & the last day to withdraw from the university
is May 6.
Although there are some class activities completed in class & these cannot be made-up, it is each
student’s responsibility to do the required work for this course in a timely & thoughtful manner.

Students with disabilities/ADA compliance: Students with specific needs/accommodations or
diagnosed disability should let the instructor know as soon as possible. If additional arrangements
are needed, the student may also check with the Kelly Heiskell, Learning Center Director.
Evaluation of student performance & achievement:
A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can.
                 John Stuart Mill
    1. Class participation: You are expected to participate in class activities, including group
        activities & discussions. Your attendance & participation also are considered in the final
        calculation of your grade. For example, if you are just 2 points (not percentage points) away
        from an A, you have excellent attendance (0 absence), & you have participated in discussion
        & class activities, you will receive an A.
    2. There are 2 tests throughout the semester and a final. These tests cover information in the
        readings in the textbook for the most part as well as material discussed in class and notes on
        angel. These tests are taken using the angel assessment component and done outside of class.
        If you have any difficulty accessing the test or some technical problem with using the angel
        assessment, please contact Bachner immediately so as to find a way to rectify the problem.
        This fulfills CACREP competencies a, b, c, d, e, and g.
    3. Class activity assignment: See attachments at the end of the syllabus. This fulfills CACREP
        competencies d, e, and f.
    4. Develop your own personal resume or vita or career assessment report. This partially fulfills
        CACREP competencies d and e. See attachment at the end of this syllabus.
    5. Class presentation: By the 2nd class you are to select one of the theories of career
        development & models (see text chapters) that you would like to investigate further. This
        fulfills CACREP competencies a, b, d, e, f, and g. See attachment that follows this syllabus.
            a. You will work with 1 other student who also has selected that theory.
            b. Together, the 2 of you will present information to the class that each of you have
            c. The entire presentation should be approximately 1 hour.
            d. Please be creative & use a variety of methods to convey the information through role-
                 play, film, use of assessments applicable to the model, case study, or an intake
            e. Select & show a segment of one of the identified video selections from the IRC or
                 others on the list of video & films relevant to career development. See list on Angel.
            f. Rather than submitting a report, prepare examples of the assessments & a copy of
                 your presentation slides (if you use power point) to distribute to class members.
            g. In addition to the above, select a client/student case & develop your own response to
                 that case.
            h. You will then present that case to the class & facilitate a staffing of that case
                 including handouts with sufficient copies for the class.
        There is additional information in course information on ANGEL.
    6. Assignments submitted after the due date are NOT accepted.

Student evaluation is determined by the accumulation of points from the above
described assignments & tests with the following point values:
Assignment or quiz                   Total points possible       Points earned
2 tests which amount to                      90                  __________
Personal resume or assessment report         25                  __________
Class activity assignment                    25                  ___________
Presentation with partner                    70                  __________
Final test                                   40                  __________
Total                                       250                  __________

A = 250 - 225         B = 224 - 200          C = 199-175
Please note that the point value of the tests may vary slightly depending upon the extent to
which information is covered at the time of the test.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with
shades of deeper meaning.          Maya Angelou

Course schedule: Please note that this course schedule is an optimistic projection of what I
would like to cover during the semester. Because we may spend more or less time on a particular
topic, this schedule & the assignments may be changed to fit the needs & interests of the class
members & time constraints.

Date          Topic                                              Assignment due
1/14          Introductions & overview of the course             Enthusiastic attitude
              Career development introduction                    Chap. 1

1/21          Visit PSU career services
              Complete assessments offered by career services    Topic for project
              Theories & models overview                         presentation due

1/28          Trait & factor theory                              Chap. 2
              Ethical issues in career counseling                Bring ethics codes

2/04          Work adjustment theory                             Chap. 4
              Career counseling intake interview

2/11          Holland’s type theory                              Chap. 5
              Informal assessments & technology
              Student presentation

2/18          Myers-Briggs type theory                           Chap. 6
                                                                 Complete test 1 on Angel

2/25          Rhonda White from PHS speaks
              Career development in childhood                    Chap. 7
              Adolescent career development                      Chap. 8
              Career counseling in school settings
3/04          Mindy Cloninger speaks from Career Services
              Young adult & adult career development              Chap. 9
              Adult career transitions                            Chap. 10
              Family issues & dual career
              Student presentation

3/11          Constructivist, narrative, &                        Chap. 11 & 12
              relational approaches
              Student presentation
3/18          Spring Break (Hooray!)                              Relax & catch up

3/25          Work/career life issues: stress & burnout           Notes on Angel
              Student presentation                                Complete test 2 on Angel

4/01          Krumboltz’s social learning theory                  Chap. 13
              Gender issues & career development                  Resume due
              Student presentation

4/8           Social cognitive career theory                      Chap. 14
              Student presentation                                Class activity assignment due

4/15          Career decision-making models                       Chap. 15
              Socio-economic perspectives on the labor market     Chap. 3
              Student presentation
4/22          Diversity issues in career counseling
              Career counseling & disabilities
              Student presentation

4/29          Summary of theories with video of case example      Chap. 16
              Review &/or catch up

5/6           Final exam

We will be really moving fast if we actually cover all of these topics. So please realize that I am
being optimistic in this course schedule. What is most important is that we spend time on those
issues that are of interest & most relevant to the class members.
Class notes & announcements are posted on ANGEL & emails about various class activities are sent
through ANGEL. So therefore it is necessary to log on to ANGEL & set your email address in
personal information. Otherwise, the emails that I send to you will go to your PSU email address.

If you are experiencing some unexpected event that may interfere with you turning in an assignment
on time, or you have any questions or concerns regarding the course content or evaluation, PLEASE
come to my office in WH 205F, email me at, or call me at 620 235-4633 to
discuss the matter.
Second Semester / Spring 2010

      January 2010
           o   Jan 14 Classwork begins
           o   Jan 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
           o   Jan 21 Last day for full tuition and fee refund
           o   Jan 21 Tuition and fees due by 3:30 p.m.
           o   Jan 21 Last day to enroll or add classes without instructor permission
           o   Jan 22 On-line enrollment no longer available
           o   Jan 28 Final day for dropping course without transcript notation
           o   Jan 29 Grade of W recorded for dropped courses
      February 2010
           o   Feb 11 Last day for one-half tuition and fee refund
      March 2010
           o   Mar 04 Commemoration Day
           o   Mar 15-19 Spring Break
           o   Mar 15 Last day to apply for Fall 2010 Professional Education Semester
           o   Mar 15 Midsemester D and F grades due from faculty
           o   Mar 22 Classwork resumes
           o   Mar 23 Grad Finale
           o   Mar 24 Grad Finale
           o   Mar 26 Final day for first draft of thesis and Ed.S. project
           o   Mar 26 Final day to apply for degrees/Spring or Summer graduation
      April 2010
           o   Apr 09 Final day for dropping course unless student withdraws from entire
           o   Apr 12-16 Early Enrollment for summer and fall 2010 for current PSU
           o   Apr 23 Final day for submission of thesis and Ed.S. project
      May 2010
           o   May 06 Final day to withdraw from entire term
           o   May 10-14 Final examinations
           o   May 14 Commencement 7:30 p.m. College of Education and College of
           o   May 15 Commencement 10:00 a.m. College of Arts and Sciences and College
               of Business


Class activity assignment: There are several suggestions from which to select one to
complete. See attachment that follows this syllabus. Related materials are distributed during
the 1st 3 weeks of the semester.

                      Career Development Activities for Class Assignment
You can select any one of these for your class assignment. Your report should be typed, 3 to
4 pages in length, not including a title page.

   1. Attend a career fair at PSU & write a summary of your experience there & what you
      saw that was useful to those attending.
          a. You can include some examples of employers, agencies that were there & the
              quality of information that they conveyed to the attendees.
   2. Go PSU career services & complete the Do What You Are assessment & have one of
      the career counselors there go over the report with you.
          a. Select 2 of the recommended careers that are not counseling (see the list that
              indicates you are very interested) & look those up in the DOT.
          b. Write a summary of those 2 positions & what you find appealing about them.
              Use the perspective that you are undecided about your future career & this is a
              way of finding some information.
   3. Interview a person who has been in his/her profession for at least 3 yrs. & discuss the
      ways in which he/she had made decisions about pursuing that particular career.
          a. How & from whom did he/she gather information about this career?
          b. What is his/her level of satisfaction in this career & in what ways does he/she
              plan to continue to challenge oneself in this career.
          c. What are the concerns he/she has about the career & some of the struggles?
          d. How does this career fit his/her family & personal life?
          e. Are there some impediments from the job to home life or home life to job?
          f. What recommendations would he/she give to someone thinking about this
          g. What does the future look like for him/her in this career?
          h. What are changes in the field & the opportunities for advancements?
   4. Select 2 articles from the career journals or counseling journals (there are several at
      PSU career services) that are interesting to you.
          a. Briefly (no more than 2 pages for each journal) discuss the findings or
              information that you find to be useful & how that information impacts your
              knowledge of the field of career development & counseling.
   5. Visit another career services center at another university, college, or technical school
      & summarize the services that are offered there.
   6. Read the ethical codes, i.e. ACA, APA, ASCA, AAMFT, focusing on the references
      to career counseling & summarize what are the salient points about the field of career
      development & counseling.
   7. Develop your career life-line.
          a. Select a developmental theory to explain your career development.
          b. Using that theory, speculate how you expect that you will continue to develop
              (see attachment # 74 Real Life Career Patterns).
          c. You can extend this life-line into the future to your retirement & beyond.
   8. Interview someone at midlife who has made a major career change at midlife.
          a. Discuss the issues that contributed to his/her decision to make the change.
          b. Explore how the current career is fulfilling at this stage of life
          c. What direction does he/she intend to go & what are his/her future pursuits.
9. Rate yourself on the NCDA career counseling competencies at the beginning of the
    semester & then rate yourself later in the semester.
        a. Also rate where you would like to be on these competencies.
        b. Summarize & discuss your areas of strength & areas for needed growth.
        c. Include strategies that you may use to become competent in career counseling
            & how you will use these competencies in your career.
10. Visit one of the following 2 sites & explore all that is offered in these sites: &
        a. Summarize some of the things that you found & explored.
        b. What have you gained from spending some time perusing the site?
11. Explore 2 of the online employment databases (see attached Selected Online
    Employment Databases) & report on 3 jobs that you found that look promising to you
        a. Or report on what you found to be useful & interesting about using this
            method of job search.
        b. What would you recommend to a client who you are counseling about any
            aspect of career development & decision- making.
12. If you are planning to be a school counselor, you can interview a school counselor
    who does career counseling & discuss the model that is used & what he/she finds to
    be most interesting & useful to the students.
        a. Explore what he/she enjoys about this aspect of school counseling.
        b. What are some of the limitations or challenges he/she faces.
13. Spend a minimum of 1 hr. per week for at least 4 weeks engaged in an avocation,
    hobby, or something that you pursue for just the sheer enjoyment.
        a. Write a journal entry for each time that you are engaged in this activity.
        b. Summarize the skills that you develop & use.
        c. Discuss the enjoyment that you experience when engaged in this activity (see
            attached #72 Promoting Wellness through Avocation).
        d. Brainstorm ways in which participation in this project or activity may promote
            or enhance your career choice.
14. Develop an activity that would be appropriate for the level of children or adolescents
    with whom you plan to work if you are planning to be a school counselor.
        a. This activity should take no more that 30 minutes.
        b. You can then try it out with our class or with a group of children in the school
        c. Write a summary of the experience & include an outline of the activity itself.
15. Select a movie that has some career related theme or work scenes that pose dilemmas
    for the character(s).
        a. Explore ways that you would help him/her if you were the counselor working
            with this person on career issues.
        b. What model would be most applicable & why?
16. Address the questions on the worksheet entitled, Do you know your value &
        a. (See attached #42.)
        b. You may have to do some investigation in order to respond to the questions.
17. Using the attached Using the Internet for Job Searches, follow the directions to
    complete the learning activity.
           a. You can do a job search on anything that you want as is directed in the
   18. Refer to the attachment, Exploring O*Net, which is an opportunity to explore O*Net.
           a. visit the CareerOneStop sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor at
           b. Follow the directions as indicated on the attachment.
   19. Refer to the attached Web Based Career Information for Career Exploration
           a. Choose two of the cases and use at least two of the career information
               resources listed for each case.
           b. Summarize each case & describe how the web resources can be used for each
   20. Attend one of the Career Services Spring 2010 Workshops.
           a. Summarize the key points that you learned & discuss how this information
               would be helpful to a career counseling client.
           b. See the attached information card from Career Services.
   21. Select at least 3 of the videos from the list provided, view them, & write a brief
       summary of each along with your opinion of the video & how the content has or will
       affect your career development or work as a counselor.
   22. If you have another idea for an assignment of this nature, share that with me.

Career Assessment Report: Test Interpretation and Personal Profile
         a. You will complete at least 4 assessment instruments, for example the
             Strong Interest Inventory (SII), the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),
             the Campbell Interest & Skills Survey (CISS), the Values Scale or any
             other of the instruments discussed or available through PSU Career
         b. Write a 4-page paper which includes the following:
                  i. interpretation of assessment results.
                 ii. discussion of the implications about the results
                iii. copies of all assessment results
                iv. goals & recommendations

                          Items to include in your Resume/vita

____Name & contact information
____Career objective
____Education: include clarification that you are a candidate for Master’s degree with
     expected date of graduation indicated
____Professional experience: most recent &/or most related to career objective
       ____include place & dates of employment
____Duties listed for each work experience indicated
____Professional organizations to which you belong, offices held, committees you serve
    on, type of membership, i.e. American Counseling Association – Student member,
    American School Counseling Association (If you don’t belong to one, do so before
    you begin applying for a position.)
____Community or civic organizations & you could include those you served on during
____Specific skills or training that you may have, i.e. Red Cross Crises Training,
     proficiency in another language, photography, play a musical instrument
____Military experience, volunteer experience, service to community, state, country
____Certifications & licenses
____Special honors, scholarships, grants, or awards
____Presentations & publications, can include special ones that you have done as a
     graduate student
____Avocational interests, hobbies
____References, including professional, not relatives, on a separate page, at least 4
    At least one should be able to attest to the quality of work you can do relevant to the
    position you are applying
Use Times New Roman font 12

As professionals, you have much to offer & these contributions are significant aspects of
your career & personal life.

Employers for the types of positions to which you are aspiring are seeking versatile, flexible,
& talented people in & out of the specific profession who demonstrate leadership, civic or
community involvement, & dedication.

Show this in the most succinct & professional manner on your resume/vita.

                         Career Development Formats for Resume

                                       Phone Number
                                        email address

Career Objective

Education                     list highest degree first

Counseling, Teaching          list experience most closely aligned with the type of counseling
or Related Experience          or mental health work that you want to do. Include place
                              where you worked, the dates you were there. List specific
                              duties, responsibilities, or accomplishments.

Other Career                  same as above

Related                       same as above

Professional                  Here list your membership status in professional associations,

Affiliations                  license or certification that you may have

Scholarly Interests           Here list any areas that you have investigated or are interested
                              in learning more about or research

Personal                      Here identify any hobbies, or simple info about your life, i.e.
                              married, one daughter

Professional                  List any presentations that you have done or any publications


& Publications

References provided upon request

                     You should provide at least 3 references on a separate page & select
ones that would be most relevant or able to speak about your abilities in the position to which
you are applying. Do not use relatives.

Professional References

Include name, position, address, phone number, and email address

Another Format for a resume

Name, address, & contact number(s)

Objective of the resume or career objective &/or goal

Experience – work/job experiences: place the most recent first, include specific duties

Additional information about experience, skills, or training, i.e. computer experience, oral or
written language ability

Honors/awards/ professional affiliations

Availability to begin the job

At least 4 professional references

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                  Criteria for Career Development Project Presentation

   1. Select a career development/counseling theory & the model that accompanies that
      theory. See chapters 2 through 14 in your text for the various theories/models.
   2. Work with a partner throughout this project. The responsibility of developing your
      handouts & the presentation to the class should be equally shared.
   3. You are to present theory/model in some creative & interesting way so as to enhance
      understanding of the theory.
   4. Include some assessment(s) that is(are) congruent with the theory/model for the class
      members to have & possibly take.
   5. You can do role-plays, case summary with opportunity for the class members to
      process the case, or some other experiential activity. You can also select a scene
      from a film that has some work related theme to show in class & relate to your theory
      or model in some way.
   6. Prepare a packet of handouts for the class members to have that would be useful to
      them in working with clients regarding career development.
   7. This project is worth 70 pts. for each student & your presentation can be up to an hour
      in length. You will be evaluated on the inclusion of the following criteria:
          a. Handouts, i.e. power pt. slides, include some references & resources, not
              including your textbook as a reference
          b. Discussion of recent studies or literature reviews about the career
              counseling/development model/theory
          c. Resources for the students to use, i.e. web sites, organizations, assessments,
              professional sources, journal articles
          d. Examples of assessments that may be used by a counselor when using this
          e. A creative or fun class activity to enhance knowledge of the theory & model,
              i.e. role play, scene from a movie. This activity distinguishes or clarifies the
              important components of the model/theory.
       f. Clarity of presentation & ease in transition from topic to activity
8. In addition to the above, select a client/student case & develop your own response to that
       a. You will then present that case to the class & facilitate a staffing of that case
           including handouts with sufficient copies for the class
9. Discuss any other questions that you may have with me in class that I may have not
   included in the above. The objective is that these presentations can be fun & also
   provide an avenue for you all to easily identify the important aspects of the theories,
   models, & relevant assessments for use in your future counseling practice.

     Evaluation criteria for Career Development & Counseling Presentation

Presentation topic___________________________________________________
This project is worth 80 pts. for each student & the presentation can be up to an hour in
length. You are evaluated on the inclusion of the following criteria:
        a. Handouts, i.e. power pt. slides, include some references & resources, not
           including your textbook as a reference
        _______12 points
        b. Discussion of recent studies or literature reviews about the career
           counseling/development model/theory
        _______8 points
        c. Resources for the students to use, i.e. web sites, organizations, assessments,
           professional sources, journal articles
        _______8 pts.
        d. Examples of assessments that may be used by a counselor when using this
        _______10 pts.
        e. A creative or fun class activity to enhance knowledge of the theory & model,
           i.e. role play, scene from a movie. This activity distinguishes or clarifies the
           important components of the model/theory.
        _______10 pts.
        f. Case presentation
        _______12 pts.
        g. Clarity of presentation & ease in transition from topic to activity
        _______10 pts.

   ________Total points earned

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