The Career Practitioner and Counsellor Group’s (CPCG) purpose is to bring clarity to the professional identities between Career Development Practitioners and Career Counsellors in Nova Scotia. Is it possible to identify specifically what trained counsellors/therapists bring to the profession of career development? How do the roles and skill sets of Career Development Practitioners and Career Counsellors overlap, and how do they differ?
This examination is built on an emerging professional identity for Career Development Practitioners in Canada since the creation of the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (Revised 2012).
Benefits of Recognizing the Distinctions between Career Development and Career Counselling Services
Professional career development and career counselling services have become increasingly important as individuals prepare for and manage careers in an increasingly intricate economy and complex world that is rapidly changing.
- Stating what service providers need in order to offer comprehensive career services to people across the lifespan
- Differentiating between career development and career counselling within the professions of career development, and counselling and therapy
- Providing a foundation for designing career development practitioner and career counsellor training
- Providing quality assurance to the public
- Recognizing and validating the diverse skill sets of Career Development Practitioners and Career Counsellors working in the field
- Creating a common voice and vocabulary for career development and counselling
- Enhancing the quality and range of services offered in counselling and career development
- Recognizing career counselling within career development as a specialized discipline
- Advocating for quality career development and career counselling services
- Promoting accountability in service delivery
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