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Career Counseling: A Holistic Approach, 8th Edition Hardcover – March 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0840034359 ISBN-10: 0840034350 Edition: 8th

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1. Historical Development and Some Basic Issues. 2. Theories of Career Development. 3. Career Counseling Models. 4. Integrating Career and Personal Counseling. 5. Career Counseling Intake Interview. 6. Using Standardized Tests and Self-Assessment in Career Counseling. 7. Some Career Information Resources and Learning Platforms. 8. On Being an Ethical Career Counselor. 9. Career Counseling for Multicultural Groups. 10. Gender Issues and Dual Careers. 11. Career Counseling for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients. 12. Career Counseling for Individuals with Disabilities. 13. Job Loss and Transitions. 14. Adult Career Development Concerns. 15. Career-Related Programs for Career Development in Elementary Schools. 16. Career-Related Programs for Career Development in Middle School. 17. Career-Related Programs for Career Development in High School and Beyond.

About the Author

Vernon Zunker is a retired professor from Southwest Texas State University. He earned his Ed.D. with an emphasis on counseling from the University of Houston and completed a residency in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. Although retired from teaching, Dr. Zunker continues to push the discipline forward by keeping career counseling relevant to all counseling students.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole; 8th edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840034350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840034359
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Needless to say I am very happy with my choice!
Melissa Grushinski
Highly recommended for graduate school courses in career counseling.
Gena Mattox
This book is poorly written, and in fact oddly written.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Nina on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have been teaching Career Counseling for years and finally decided to try the Zunker text. What a mistake. Yes, it is comprehensive. But it is written like a bad lit review. Endless citations of research with little synthesis. It is hard for students to see the big picture! I will stick with the Niles/Harris-Bowlsbey text (Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century) for my Career Counseling course, and the Sharf text (Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling) for more advanced courses in Vocational Theory.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Silva on August 28, 2008
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This is the worst textbook I have ever had to read. The information is poorly presented. The language and writing style cloud meaning instead of making the theories clear and useful. It is difficult to believe that counseling students were Zunker's intended audience. I am only reading this book because I have to for a class, but I haven't learned anything from this book at all so far. Do not buy this book unless you have to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By middle on September 25, 2011
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The structure of this book is hard for a student to read through and understand the concepts. The chapters don't flow in a way that is easy to follow, and topics are broken up in ways that aren't helpful for the learner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MMCR on October 2, 2010
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See my other review for Zunker. Clearly he's very knowledgeable, but his books are overwritten, three adjectives for every one needed, and so repetitious I feel more frustrated than engaged. THorough but dense, more intellectual than practical.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Madden on January 26, 2007
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This is the WORST textbook ever. Im not kidding. It is poorly written and behind the times. Anyone who is not white is reffered to as 'ethnic' (now white people have no ethnicity? People of color cant be acculturated?) and many of the theories that are presented as being applicable view perfectly normal people as pathological. It barely has a grasp of the multicultural movement that many other fields in counseling have seemed to have jumped on. Its painful to read and even more painful to try and piece together the fragmented bits of information it gives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lenzy on January 29, 2012
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I had to take an online class using this book. The book is terse, and difficult to read. It is highly technical and uses a high amount of "shop talk" that is confusing to anyone not familiar with career counseling theory.

Avoid using this book in your class please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookster on June 13, 2011
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Having recently begun reading this text, I have only completed two chapters. However, two chapters is enough to determine the quality and presentation of the material presented so far. Although the information contained in the text is very pertinent and relevant to future counselors, the author's writing style and presentation is somewhat lacking. At times the paragraph and categorical structure is loosely organized. For instance, the author may introduce in the last sentence a topic totally unadressed in the rest of the sentence. Additionally, topic and sub-topic categories are often ambiguously delineated. This book may cover the information students need to know, but the format of that material is weak, particularly for a graduate-level text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simple Country Psychologist on February 24, 2011
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Those who say that the Zunker text is a "painful" and "poorly written" text are absolutely correct. Many of the references are dated and some are cited improperly. There are contradictions, redundancies, and all the other things you would expect not to find in the 7th edition of a text. The test bank is ambiguous and students get frustrated when they feel as though they have the correct answer but the key indicates a different answer.

I have used this book as both a student and an instructor and have have found it almost unbearable to use in both contexts. Unfortunately, if you are teaching in a program that is preparing students to become counselors and pass the NCE this is about as good of a text as you are going to find. In fact, it is one of the best. The questions on the NCE exam are almost straight out of Zunker. As much as I hate to admit it, when comparing the NCE test prep materials to the Zunker text the Zunker text makes a far better primer hands down.

In Zunker's defense, much of what the book lacks is not so much a failure on his part as an author as it is a reflection on the overall lack of empirical research and scholarly activity generated by the career counseling field in the past 20 years. So, until the career counseling field joins the 21st century, or until someone writes a better book to prep counseling students for licensure, you might as well just go ahead and get this one. . . it really doesn't get a whole lot better.

Note to instructors: One technique I have found useful is to have students prepare a critical analysis (not a critique) using critical thinking models to evaluate the evidence put forth in the Zunker text and make recommendations for how it can be improved. At least this way they are actively approaching the material (even if they hate it) in a way that is productive and promotes critical thinking skills that will help them in their academic and professional career.
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