Career Counselling

CNPS 363 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


  • Group Discussions Participation
  • 4 Reflection Papers
  • Group Leader Assignment: Researching/Summarizing findings on a group of individuals in a career counseling context (i.e. individual with disabilities, older adults, etc.)
  • Final Project


Critical survey of career counselling theory and practice. (UBC Calendar)

Career counselling is a collaborative process that helps clients to clarify, specify, implement, and adjust to work-related decisions with the aim of assisting individuals in locating a career that is meaningful, productive, and fulfilling. This online course will critically survey career development theories, issues, and practices that have specific applications to career counselling. In order to facilitate practical understanding and integrate theory and practice, this course emphasizes experiential exercises in addition to group discussions and readings.

CNPS 363 is a core course in the Diploma in Education – Guidance Studies.  This course is an elective in the Diploma in Education – Teacher-Librarianship and the Certificate in Health & Wellness.


At the end of this course, the student will:

  • Understand the evolution of career counselling and changes to today’s world of work.
  • Understand the major theoretical approaches that have guided the practice of career counselling and research.
  • Be familiar with different models of career counselling and interventions, and their application to different client situations in the contexts of the major theoretical approaches.
  • Understand the role of intake and assessment techniques in career counselling including the incorporation of standardized assessment information into practice.
  • Be able to review and understand pertinent research and issues regarding career counselling with particular groups (e.g., adults in transition, multicultural counselling, gay/lesbian/bisexual clients, people with disabilities, etc.).
  • Incorporate knowledge of diversity issues into career counselling practice.


This course will be offered online on Canvas –

  1. Overview of Career Counselling
  2. Historical Overview
  3. Trait and Factor Theories
  4. Developmental Theories
  5. Social Learning and Cognitive Theory
  6. Constructionist/Constructivist Theories of Careers
  7. Counselling Relationships and Role of Assessment
  8. Problem Identification and Interventions
  9. Gathering Occupational Information, Consolidation, Decisions, Plans
  10. Counselling with specific populations: men, women, LGBT community
  11. Counselling with specific populations: adolescents, people with disabilities
  12. Counselling with specific populations: multicultural counselling


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889 or

Order online:

  • Amundson, Norman E., Harris-Bowlsbey, JoAnn and Niles, Spencer G.  Essential Elements of Career Counselling  Practices and Techniques  3rd edition.  Pearson, 2013.  ISBN:  9780132850643
  • Amundson, Norman E. and Poehnell, Gray R. Career Pathways Third Edition. Richmond, BC: Ergon Communications, 2004.   ISBN: 978096834550
  • Holland, John L. SDS: Self Directed Search Form R 4th Edition, Canadian Edition: Assessment Booklet, You and Your Career & Occupations Finder. PAR Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. WW-10477-ab; WW10478-ab; WW-10479-ia. Lutz, FL: PAR Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. ISBN: 8810000307755 (WW-10477-ab); 8810000307762 (WW-10478-ab); 8810000307779 (WW-10479-ia)


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


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Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Lastest Revision on: January 23, 2018