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Career Counseling

  1. Edwin L. Herr

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0156

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Herr, E. L. 2010. Career Counseling. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Pennsylvania State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Career counseling can be thought of in at least three ways: one, as a single intervention that can assist clients with career behavior, issues, and problems; second, as a process that is overarching and includes various interventions that can be combined in different configurations to support the career counseling process and the needs of a given client; and third, as a continuum of career counseling and related interventions that make up a subspecialty within the general class of counseling (Gysbers, Heppner, & Johnston, 2003). This continuum responds to a wide-range of content that clients bring to career counselors, such as situational and personal dilemmas, unemployment, underemployment, job dissatisfaction, relationship problems with co-workers or supervisors, inadequate work skills, and family conflicts related to work.


  • career development;
  • vocational psychology;
  • counseling;
  • career interventions;
  • career research