Vocational Assessment & Counseling

Course Details

Course Number
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Spring 2014
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
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Vocational Assessment and Counseling

Psychology 6103, section 201

Spring 2014


Professor: Michael A. Vandehey, Ph.D.                                  Office: O’donohoe 112

Office Hours: MWF 10-11:45                                     Phone: 397-4026

Class Time: W 12:30-3:20                                           Location: PY 102




1. Become familiar with career development and career counseling.

            a. Be able to understand difference between career education and career    counseling.

b. Be able to apply needed service based upon clients developmental level and needs.


2. Be trained in a model for selecting and interpreting career s with clients.

            a. Do not rely on assessment as sole way of providing career services.

b. Be able to integrate personality assessment and client self-report in career services.


3. Prepare to work with clients from a variety of educational and training backgrounds in a global economy.


Texts: Andersen, P., & Vandehey, M. A. (2012). Career counseling and development in a global economy (2nd Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). (2010).

Washington D. C.: American Psychological Association.


Instruments Used:


Self-Directed Search ($1.60)

Strong Interest Inventory (Counseling Center-$10.00)

Meyers-Brigs Type Indicator ($1.00)

Card Sort (Bring 3X5 cards on appointed day)

Kuder Journey career planning system (free)


Total to Barbara: $2.60




Course Requirements: Grades will be based on your performance on 2 s and a vocational report.


Each exam will be worth 100 points. Each may consist of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, or matching, AND essay. Multiple choice answers will be marked on Scantrons. Essays will be answered in the space provided on the .


The report will be worth 100 points and consist of applying 1 personality , 2 career s (SII; Kuder), and a card sort to appropriate personal information. The combination will be used to write a report with the career diamond as the organization for the paper. Please use a biopsychosocial format (presenting problem, history of the problem, soc/fam history, medical history, assessment results, and an integration summary with recommendations). The paper is to be single spaced and will typically be between 4-6+ pages.  


300 points are possible in the class:


A = 300-270                C = 239-210                F = 179 or lower

B = 269-240                D = 209-180


Attendance: Attendance is required. Since we only meet twice a week, a student is allowed 3 absence without penalty. The 4nd absence results in 1 grade drop, the 5rd absence results in a grade of ‘F.’ Being tardy three times will count as an absence. Afterwards, every additional tardy counts as an absence. 


Note: Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.


Make-up Policy: Make-up exams will be essay in nature and can be scheduled with me. I need one week to prepare the exam; thus, the earliest a make-up exam can be taken is one week after the initial exam. See 2012-2014 Student Handbook and Activities Calendar on Class Attendance Policy (pg. 69-71).


Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (no sound) during class. DO NOT text message during class. DO NOT answer your cell phone in class. Exceptions include emergency calls (e.g., birth of child, family member in hospital). Students who are unable to comply will not be allowed to attend class.


Cheating Policy: Any evidence of cheating on exams or quizzes will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”. To avoid questions of cheating, mark Scantrons clearly, use a No. 2 pencil, and erase completely. Errors due to a poorly marked Scantron will not result in a grade change.


Travel Plans: Please do not make travel plans during finals week. The final will be given when the university has scheduled it as per the schedule of classes. Early finals will only be offered to graduating seniors with honors.

Tentative Reading and Exam Schedule


Weeks                        Reading Assignment


1/15-3/5                       Chapter 1: Context for Career Services

                                    Chapter 2: The Career Diamond: A Teaching Tool

                                    Chapters 3, 4, & 5: Career Theories

                                    Chapter 6: Career Counseling for the Global Economy


1/20                             Martin Luther King’s Birthday, no classes

2/17                             Last day for May graduates to file

3/10                             Last day for “W”


Wednesday 3/5:         Exam I


3/12-4/30                     Chapter 8: Career Counseling Process

Chapter 9: Career Counseling Techniques

Chapter 10: Assessment and Career Counseling

Chapters 15 and 16: Career Counseling for Emerging Adulthood    and Adults

Chapter 7: Career Issues for a Diverse Work Force

Chapter 17: Professional Issues: Ethics and Research


3/17-3/21                     Spring break, no classes


4/2                               Scores for personality and career s due

4/9                               Career Report: rough draft due


4/16-4/18                     Easter break, no classes


4/23                             Career Report: final due     


Final Exam: Wednesday, May 7th from 3:30-5:30 p.m.



Welcome to the Kuder® Journey™ career planning system!


College Students


Thank you for giving your students the opportunity to experience and explore reliable online resources that provide comprehensive education and career guidance.

For system access, instruct your students to complete the following:

· Go to

· Click New users register here!

· Select Student and choose a college grade level from the drop-down menu.

· Click Continue.

· During the registration process, create a unique user name and password. When asked for an activation code, enter J3778848QAG.


9-12 Grade


Thank you for giving your students the opportunity to experience and explore reliable online resources that provide comprehensive education and career guidance.


For system access, instruct your students to complete the following:

· Go to

·Click New users register here!

·Select Student and choose a 9-12 grade level from the drop-down menu.

·Click Continue.

· During the registration process, create a unique user name and password. When asked for an activation code, enter N3778844UKC.


Dr. Michael A. Vandehey (view Profile)

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