ERIC Number: ED309356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Career Counselling Issues with Psychiatrically Disabled Clients.
Burwash, Susan C.; Vellacott, John W.
The continuing trend towards the deinstitutionalization of the psychiatrically disabled population and the treatment of this population from an outpatient or community-based perspective has led to increasing numbers of psychiatrically disabled individuals seeking services in the community. This situation, combined with the growing acknowledgement by mental health and rehabilitation professionals of the importance of vocational or career counseling, makes it inevitable that agencies engaged in vocational counseling will be seeing increasing numbers of these clients. As these clients present symptoms and concerns which are outside of the usual range of expertise of many vocational counselors, difficulties can be anticipated unless the counseling service and the individual counselors are prepared to deal with this particular population. If the counseling experience is to be beneficial to both counselor and client, then it is essential that the vocational or career counselor be knowledgeable about the issues and difficulties that face the psychiatrically disabled client. There are no hard and fast rules applying to the psychiatrically disabled client. The critical factor remains the willingness of counselor and client to believe that psychiatrically disabled individuals can and should develop the skills to move beyond mere job seeking to participate in more global career planning activities. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Canada