The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S & Gs)
Area of Specialization: S3 Career Counselling
These are competencies needed if you provide Career Counselling to clients.
Career Counselling refers to an individual or group process which emphasizes self-awareness and understanding, and facilitates people to develop a satisfying and meaningful life/work direction. Career counselling is used to guide learning, work and transition decisions, as well as to manage responses to changing work and learning environments over the lifespan. Career Counsellors (i.e., those who provide Career Counselling services) have a unique scope of practice and specialized counselling competencies – they are fully competent career development practitioners and also fully competent counsellors.
Professional associations and regulatory bodies for counsellors in various jurisdictions across Canada specify educational requirements, competencies, and continuing education expectations. Similarly, several professional associations for career development practitioners have identified a combination of education and competencies that are required for certification. Career counsellors, therefore, need to satisfy both sets of requirements – those specific to career development practitioners and also those specific to counsellors.
Career counsellors generally have graduate level education (e.g., Masters of Counselling, Social Work, Education, or Psychology) and have completed a supervised counselling practicum or internship. Most fit within a scholar-practitioner role (i.e., their work is grounded in theory and supported by research). Committed to evidence-based practice, career counsellors are constantly evaluating their own practice and their clients’ growth and change.
Most career counsellors are voluntarily members of a professional association (e.g., CCPA) or are regulated by a professional college (e.g., L’OCCOPPQ) This ensures that their work is guided by a Code of Ethics and that their continuing education is constantly monitored.
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