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Archived Version 2015 - 2016

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide students with a theroetical framework for working as a guidance counsellor and to explore the role and function of the guidance counsellor in a variety of guidance settings. The module will consider a range of professional issues and practice pertaining to the functions of a guidance counsellor in various contexts.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate different career development theories and models in terms of: basic premises, assumptions and biases, strengths and limitations, application to multicultural context, research and support for models and how such theories help individuals develop preferences, achieve transitions and progress through their working lives.
2. Demonstrate understanding of the rationale for particular models of guidance, the context within which they develop and their value in maintaining and developing high quality guidance practice.
3. Establish their own vision for practice as a guidance counsellor based on the integration of theory and practice so as to develop the most appropriate interventions to help clients.
4. Prepare a flexible guidance counselling programme plan taking account of issues, trends, technologies and new applications in career counselling approaches which is specific to their work or intended work context and evaluate it's effectiveness.
5. Appraise the role of the guidance counsellor in working collaboratively with individuals and agencies to develop a life-long learning approach to guidance.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture72No Description
Professional Practice80No Description
Independent Study75No Description
Online activity25No Description
Total Workload: 252

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Syllabus Content
• Perspectives on Career Guidance Theorists e.g. Super, Holland, Hansen. • Relevant Guidance Skills in Guidance and Career Development for adolescents and adults. • Issues & Practice for Guidance Counsellors in Third Level Settings • Issues & Practice for Guidance Counsellors in Private Practice • Career Patterns & Choices in the Changing World of Work • Guidance Planning and Development, Evaluation & Accountability – Towards Strategies for a Quality Guidance Service • Integrated Support Networks within the community & networking with other guidance professionals (Community Education Facilitators, Adult Education Organisers, School Chaplain, HSCL, NCGE, National Learning Network etc). • Career Coaching and Life Mentoring • Special Education Needs and the role of Career Guidance

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
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Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Amundson, Norman E. et al.: 0, 2009. Essential elements of career counseling : processes and techniques. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Merrill.,
  • Brown, Duane: 0, . 2007. Career information, career counseling, and career development. 9th ed. Boston : Pearson/A&B, MAIN LENDING 1 WEEK 331.702/BRO,
  • Brown, Steven D. and Lent, Robert W., (eds).: 0, 2005. Career development and counseling : putting theory and research to work. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley,
  • Capuzzi, David and Stauffer, D. Mark. (eds): 0, 2006. Career counseling : foundations, perspectives, and applications. Boston, MA : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon,
  • Duggan, Molly H.: 0, 2007. Career interventions and techniques : a complete guide for human service professionals. Boston : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon,
  • Government Publications: 0, (2000) Learning for Life: White Paper on Adult Education Dublin: Government Publications.,
  • Government Publications: 0, (2002) Report of the Taskforce on Lifelong Learning Dublin: Government Publications.,
  • Gibson L. Robert, and Mitchell H., Marianne.: 0, 2006. Introduction to career counseling for the 21st century. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall,
  • Gibson, Robert L: 0, . 2008. Introduction to counseling and guidance. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall,
  • Handy, Charles B.: 0, 1994. The age of paradox. Boston, Mass : Harvard Business School Press,
  • Herr, Edwin L. et al.: 0, 2004. Career guidance and counseling through the lifespan : systematic approaches. Boston ; London : Pearson/Allyn and Bacon,
  • Inkson, Kerr: 0, . 2007. Understanding careers : the metaphors of working lives. Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications,
  • Kidd, Jennifer M.: 0, 2006. Understanding career counselling : theory, research, and practice. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications,
  • Nathan, Robert.: 0, 2007. Career counselling. 2nd ed. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications.,
  • Schein, Edgar H.: 0, 2008. Career anchors. San Francisco, Calif. : Pfeiffer 3rd ed,
  • Zunker, Vernon G.: 0, 2008. Career, work, and mental health : integrating career and personal counseling. Thousand Oaks : SAGE Publications,
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