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Career and Vocational Counseling




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Course level: Graduate

This course provides the student with a comprehensive overview of vocational theory and career counseling. It includes the historical foundations of vocational theory and the relationship of these to skills and techniques utilized in career counseling and vocational development practices. Vocational and career counseling is examined as an integral component of the overall assessment and treatment of clients representing diverse populations found within the scope of community, mental health, and marriage and family counseling. Emphasis is placed on the examination of adults in transition and the nature of work in a changing world. Students develop competencies necessary to provide career and vocational counseling to clients across the lifespan. Students residing in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Nevada and individuals who live outside the United States are not eligible to enroll in this course.


  • This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a graduate degree in counseling or related field (e.g. Psychology, school counseling, school psychology, gerontology counseling, rehabilitative counseling).

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Examine the evolving nature of work and attitudes toward work.
  • Explain the influence of work in people’s lives.
  • Identify current, appropriate labor market information for your state.
  • Analyze work roles in relationship to diversity and global perspectives that affect the perceptions and values of individuals.
  • Evaluate your personal values regarding work and changing work roles in relationship to your counseling style.
  • Describe approaches for assessing the conditions of the work environment on client’s life experiences.
  • Describe the need for career development services.

Week 2

  • Examine major theories of vocational development as a basis for career counseling.
  • Identify common resources related to determining career choice and career development.
  • Identify approaches for conceptualizing the interrelationships among and between work, mental well-being, relationships, and other life roles and factors.

Week 3

  • Analyze the relevance of career and vocational education and counseling in relationship to the overall mental health and well-being of individuals.
  • Examine the appropriate use of assessment measures for career planning and decision making in career counseling.
  • Determine appropriate decision-making processes from various theoretical frameworks.
  • Demonstrate theory-based career counseling skills to facilitate client development of career, educational, and life–work planning and management skills.

Week 4

  • Describe the differences between vocational guidance and career counseling practices across the developmental stages of clients through the lifespan.
  • Describe special considerations in the career counseling of children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Describe career guidance programs in institutions of higher learning.
  • Identify career development options for adults in transition.
  • Explain the role of technology resources in career counseling.

Week 5

  • Examine special issues related to career counseling for men, women, and families.
  • Differentiate between the special needs associated with multicultural groups in regard to career development.
  • Identify issues related to career counseling for clients with disabilities.
  • Examine strategies for advocating for diverse clients’ career and educational development and employment opportunities in a global economy.
  • Analyze the various legal issues related to fair employment practices and worker rights and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate strategies for career development program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and evaluation.

Week 6

  • Determine the levels of career and vocational counseling when developing a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • Demonstrate skills and techniques necessary to provide career and vocational counseling to clients in a variety of settings.
  • Integrate career and vocational guidance processes into comprehensive professional counseling competencies appropriate as a treatment resource for a broad and diverse client base.
  • Explain the importance of professional counselor identity and ethical standards for the practice of vocational guidance and career counseling interventions.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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