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Career-Focused Counseling

Integrating Culture, Development, and Neuroscience (First Edition)
Chad Luke and Melinda Gibbons
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Career-Focused Counseling: Integrating Culture, Development, and Neuroscience provides readers with a highly practical, research-based guide that focuses on understanding the individual and applying counseling skills to career-related concerns. The book approaches career development and theory through the lens of counseling, and views career concerns as just one of many issues clients present.

Opening chapters present ethical and historical considerations in the field, neuroscience basics, and a detailed discussion of culture and diversity in career-focused counseling. Additional chapters cover the essentials of career-focused counseling and theory and assessment. Readers learn about leading career theories and their application, as well as career-focused counseling in K-12 settings and within the contexts of emerging adulthood and adulthood. Closing chapters cover a myriad of concerns in career-focused counseling, illuminating the interplay of career, mental health, and modern life. The book’s coverage of timely issues—including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Resignation, trauma-informed care, and more—render it a highly contemporary and relevant resource.

Career-Focused Counseling is an exceptional training tool for counselors working—or planning to work—in school, agency, and community settings.

Chad Luke is a professor of counseling who teaches neuroscience for counselors, career counseling, theories and techniques, multicultural counseling, among others. He is a clinical supervisor and a licensed counselor with 20 years of clinical experience. He is the author of Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists: Integrating the Sciences of Mind and Brain.
Melinda Gibbons is a professor and coordinator of the doctoral program in counselor education at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education and a M.S. and Ed.S. in school counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research focuses on career development for underserved populations, and she has received over $7 million in grant funding to increase equity and access related to career and educational exploration.
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