Please no plagiarism and make sure you are able to access all resource on your own before you bid. Main references come from Capuzzi, D., & Stauffer, M. D. (2012) and/or American Psychological Association (2010). You need to have scholarly support for any claim of fact or recommendation regarding treatment. APA format also requires headings. Use the prompt each week to guide your heading titles and organize the content of your initial post under the appropriate headings. Remember to use scholarly research from peer-reviewed articles that is current. I have also attached my discussion rubric so you can see how to make full points. Please follow the instructions to get full credit for the discussion. I need this completed by 06/26/19 at 6pm.
Discussion – Week 5
Live Chat with Career Expert
This week, you will have the opportunity to participate in a live chat with a career counseling expert. This will give you a chance to learn and ask about current trends in the field of counseling, along with more specific information about helping clients who may present with career issues. If you are unable to participate in the call due to scheduling conflicts, you will have the opportunity to listen to a recording of the call.
To Prepare for this discussion:
- Participate in the call with a career expert (instructions for participation in the call will be provided in Course Announcements) or listen to the recording of the call.
- Consider the topics that the speaker addressed, and choose one topic that resonated with you as you consider the services you might provide in the future.
- From a broader perspective, consider several “takeaways” that are important for new counselors to consider as they prepare to offer career counseling services to clients.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a description of the one topic that was especially meaningful to you, along with why it was meaningful and how you will incorporate the information into your future practice. Additionally, describe what you think are the 3 main “takeaway” points from the session with the career expert.
Here are some things that Dr. Capuzzi talked about:
1. While listening to this week’s call with a career expert I found out about how the cost of getting a degree has changed and how technology has affected the counseling profession. Larkin (2019) asked Dr. Capuzzi about how to choose the assessment that is appropriate for use with clients. Capuzzi responded that he doesn’t depend too much on assessments, but he uses them to talk with clients about what they think the assessment will reveal and discuss other topics that give him better insight into his client’s thoughts and feelings. Additionally, information gleaned from the client’s background, interests, culture and views helps career counselors develop a sense of the job clients may be interested in pursuing. Capuzzi also stated that some agencies have assessments they prefer counselors use with their clients and states Larkin may not have to select an assessment as he will be using those that the agency prefers. I’ve found through my studies that Walden’s Library provides students an excellent resource of information about assessments, target populations and specific issues researched and especially like researching testing instruments through the Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print and PsycTESTS links that give a wealth of information regarding assessments, tests and research studies including their validity, reliability and accuracy. Assessments are a tool that I believe can be vital to career counselors assisting clients in identifying careers that fit their personalities, skills, interests and abilities. This is a topic that I found interesting, as I have taken career interest assessments before and found it interesting, that some of the jobs I was directed towards were not jobs I had previously considered. Raczynski, Waldo, Schwartz, and Horne (2013) explain that two major questions you should ask about the quality of research evidence is (1) whether the findings are true, and (2) are they useful? Furthermore, Raczynski et al. (2013) state that the first question addresses the internal validity, while the second question addresses the external validity of research studies. Being able to evaluate the “quality of research evidence is essential to conducting evidence-based prevention”. (Raczynski et al., 2013, p. 26) I think that as I gain more experience working with clients and learning how to choose and utilize assessments with clients I will gain confidence in my ability to choose the appropriate assessment to use, and how assessments can be used as a means of gaining additional insight about my clients. I believe that being able to do as Dr. Capuzzi suggests and utilizing assessments as a means of gathering additional information from clients is a good way to avoid putting too much faith in assessments and their results.
2. For this week’s discussion, we were asked to attend an online career expert session or listen to the recording of the session. I was unable to attend the session with Dr. Capuzzi, but I listened to the recording. I very much wish I could have attended the live session, but I had to chauffeur my children to their baseball/softball games that evening (Laureate Education, 2019).
The most meaningful topic for me was what I could take out of this class. I hope to primarily work with children and occasionally adolescents that have been abused, so I often ponder how this class will be beneficial to me. Capuzzi stressed that this textbook covers many different theories throughout the session. I know that, regardless of my future clients, having a better understanding of the counseling theories for the NCE will be extremely beneficial for me (Laureate Education, 2019).
3 Main Take-Away Points
I believe that the three main take-away points were: technological advances, changes in requirements for counselors, and why this class is important for all counselors to take. There have been outstanding advances in technology over Capuzzi’s counseling career. These advances have helped people in not only the job search, but also obtaining the education needed for many jobs (Capuzzi & Stauffer, 2012). Capuzzi stressed that the education requirements for counselors have changed over the years, so this makes me wonder if the education requirements for other careers have changed as well. The debt that comes along with required education is something to consider for many during career counseling, as well as the ability to pay back the debt with the average rate of pay of the potential job outlooks. Capuzzi stressed that this class is beneficial for all counselors to have knowledge in. I believe that the case for this is because a counselor will never know when career changes or upgrades will be needed for their clients. It is always important to be prepared for any issue that may arise within a counseling session (Laureate Education, 2019).
3. In the live chat with Dr. Capuzzi this week, the takeaway points for me were:
For professional counselors technological changes means there may not be a need to relocate. Teleconferencing is now available and this provides an ability to reach clients in remote areas or clients can set up an appointment through your online private practices. In addition to easier access to clients, by accessing the Internet, counselors have a plethora of resources, research, updated code of ethics and continuing education.
Technology obviously provides many amenities for clients, as well. With mental health awareness has come easier opportunities for clients to reach out for help. There have been 24/7 crises lines have been around for quite some time for persons feeling depressed or have other mental health needs and need to talk to someone. Now there is a 24/7 text connecting option in the United States. If overwhelmed, suffering anxiety, depression, all a person needs to do is text 741741 and someone will text back immediately. Texts will continue or can change to a telephone call if requested, and the person will ‘stay with’ the person until s/he feels they are going to be okay or referred.
Dr. Capuzzi talked about the necessity of getting to know the total person and not be swayed by preset ideals, bias, or other based on culture, looks, etc. Digging into from a holistic mindset, considering all areas of the person’s world to better understand them and for the client to understand him/herself and come to the best options.
There were questions about the best career assessment instruments to be used for different populations. Dr. Capuzzi surprised me when he said he doesn’t put a lot of weight on assessments. He explained that he liked to discuss with clients what the assessment was all about, what it was described to reveal and how it was to aide in his/her career search. He then asks the client what they think the assessment will report and afterward review with client any differences. I think this is a great idea because it will provide the client with a baseline of what they think they know about one self.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
· Capuzzi, D., & Stauffer, M. D. (2012). Career counseling: Foundations, perspectives, and applications. (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.
o Chapter 7 “Using Information and Technology” pp. 197-198 and 207-222”
· The Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education
· National Career Development Association. (2015). Internet sites for career planning. Retrieved from www.ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sp/resources
National Counselor Exam Preparation
Becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC) is an important step for students in graduate counseling programs. It is the premier counseling certification in the field of counseling. According to the National Board of Certified Counselors, “Becoming a board-certified counselor demonstrates to your colleagues and the public that you have voluntarily met high national standards for the practice of counseling.” The study materials below address some of the core content for you to review in preparation for the National Counselor Exam. It is important to integrate many resources into your study plan; we hope that these materials will supplement your study preparation.
Laureate Education (Executive Producer). (2019). Career Counseling NCE Module [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 66 minutes.
· with Dr. Elizabeth Ventura
Accessible player –Downloads– Download Video w/CC Download Audio Download Transcript
· Document: Career Counseling: NCE Module (PowerPoint)