Career plays a significant role in the identity, lifestyle, and sense of well-being for most individuals. The field of career development is a dynamic and rewarding one. Due to the rapidly changing economy, individuals are switching jobs and careers more frequently than ever. Many are dealing with stress, anxiety, and other issues pertaining to their life’s work. Career counselors approach clients with the therapeutic skills used in all aspects of the field of counseling, determining which career interventions are appropriate for individual clients. They need cutting-edge tools to assist their clients with the process of reinventing themselves. The Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Career Development takes a holistic approach, teaching students how to help clients take ownership of their careers, market themselves effectively for new opportunities, manage transitions, and maximize career fulfillment. The curriculum is designed around helping students master the 12 core competencies established by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
Graduates are prepared to serve in a wide array of roles as professional career development counselors, consultants, and specialists in a variety of settings, such as community agencies, schools, colleges and universities, private practice, employee assistance programs, non-profit, governmental and military agencies, human resources, training and development, correctional institutions, and businesses and industry.
The Certificate in Career Development is a unique program for mental health professionals to study career development, its theoretical foundations, and its practical applications. The Certificate in Career Development is derived from the Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy emphasis in Career Development, which is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. This 14-credit certificate includes:
Because the career development courses benefit AGS students personally as well professionally, anyone can enroll in the career development courses. However, 562 is a pre-requisite for taking the other career development courses (563, 564, and 565).
Adlerian-based Career Counseling in an Age of Protean Careers
By Brian J. Taber and William C. Briddick
Taber, B. J., & Briddick, W. C. (2011). Adlerian-based Career Counseling in an Age of Protean Careers. Journal Of Individual Psychology, 67(2), 107-121.
Social Interest as a Predictor of Vocational Satisfaction
By Amerikaner, Martin; Elliot, Diane; Swank, Paul
Amerikaner, M., Elliot, D., & Swank, P. (1988). Social Interest as a Predictor of Vocational Satisfaction. Individual Psychology: The Journal Of Adlerian Theory, Research & Practice, 44(3), 316.
Career Style Interview: A Contextualized Approach to Career Counseling
By Brian J. Taber, Paul J. Härtung, Hande Briddick. William C. Briddick and Mark C. Rehfuss
Taber, B. J., Hartung, P. J., Briddick, H., Briddick, W. C., & Rehfuss, M. C. (2011). Career Style Interview: A Contextualized Approach to Career Counseling. Career Development Quarterly, 59(3), 274-287.
Counselors' Perspectives on Using the Career Style interview
By Rehfuss, Mark C.; Cosio, Saharay; del Corso, Jennifer
Rehfuss, M. C., Cosio, S., & del Corso, J. (2011). Counselors' Perspectives on Using the Career Style interview With Clients. Career Development Quarterly, 59(3), 208-218.
Individual psychology and the work life task: An expression of lifestyle
By Kevin B. Stoltz
Stoltz, K. B. (2011). Individual psychology and the work life task: An expression of lifestyle. The Journal Of Individual Psychology, 67(2), 85-87.
Striving to Adapt: Addressing Adler's Work Task in the 21st Century
By Del Corso, Jennifer J.; Rehfuss, Mark C.; Galvin, Kevin
Del Corso, J. J., Rehfuss, M. C., & Galvin, K. (2011). Striving to Adapt: Addressing Adler's Work Task in the 21st Century. Journal Of Individual Psychology, 67(2), 88-106.
The relationship of psychological birth order to career interests.
By White, JoAnna; Campbell, Linda
White, J., & Campbell, L. (1997). The relationship of psychological birth order to career interests. Individual Psychology: The Journal Of Adlerian Theory, Research & Practice, 53(1), 89.
The Task of Work in Individual Psychology
By Mark H. Stone
Stone, M. H. (2007). The Task of Work in Individual Psychology. Journal Of Individual Psychology, 63(1), 96-109.
School counselors and the influence of Adler: Individual psychology since the advent of the ASCA National Model
By Lemberger, Matthew E. Nash, Erika R.
Lemberger, M. E., & Nash, E. R. (2008). School counselors and the influence of Adler: Individual psychology since the advent of the ASCA National Model. The Journal Of Individual Psychology, 64(4), 386-402.
MA in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy
with an emphasis in
Basic Counseling Skills
Introduction to Adlerian Psychology and Child Guidance
Values, Ethics and Legalities
Group Counseling & Psychotherapy
Systems of Family Therapy
Foundations of Career Development
Career Assessment, Exploration, and Decision Making
Employment Skills and Career Advancement
Program Mgmt, Implementation, and Private Practice
562, 563, 564
** 200 hour field experience in a Career Development Setting.
May be added to 500 Clinical Counseling hours to fulfill the 700 hours required for LPC.
Total Credits: 44
Additional Requirements for
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) eligibility
Abnormal Psychology & DSM IV TR
** Additional 500 hour experience in a Clinical Counseling setting, with no fewer than 150 hours of face-to-face therapy with individuals or groups.
Additional Credits: 9
Additional Requirements for
Certificate in Professional Life Coaching
Introduction to Professional Life Coaching
Designing the Coaching Relationship
Living (and Working) on Purpose
Applied Coaching Experience (50 hours)
** Additional 50 hours of face-to-face coaching experience may count toward the 500 Clinical Counseling hours.
Additional Credits: 12
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Students not formally in the Career Development emphasis area may take 562- Foundations of Career Development, as well as 563- Career Assessment, Exploration, and Decision Making OR 564- Employment Skills and Career Advancement.
Career Development students participate in a 700-hour field experience. This fulfills the practice requirement for LPC set by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Should the student opt to also gain coaching certification, the 700-hour field experience includes 50 hours of face-to-face coaching experience
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