ERIC Number: ED243059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
The Training and Role of West German Employment Counselors.
Schulz, William E.
After a short background introduction on educational and vocational guidance in West Germany, this paper, written for counselors and educators, focuses on three main areas: (1) a 3-year training program for all West German employment counselors; (2) a school orientation program offered to grade 8 students by the employment counselors; and (3) a microcounseling unit on decision making skills, which is taught to the employment counselors during their training program. Course work in the training program, including career development, group dynamics, documentation, interview techniques, sociology and psychology, and elective courses, is discussed. The internship program, consisting of three, 3-month practica and one 6-month practicum, is described, as well as two unique features of the training program, the school career orientation program and the microcounseling unit on decision making. The purposes, format, and benefits of the orientation program, which was intended to provide students in each of the three educational streams with career information and post secondary school training opportunities, are discussed. The paper concludes with a description of the decision making unit, which was developed to provide counselors-in-training with the skills (e.g., goal setting, alternatives, establishing evaluation criteria, making decisions, and preparation for setbacks) needed to help clients make decisions. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Germany
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Washington, DC, March 20-23, 1983).