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HT057 - Career Errors
Frank Burtnett, Ed.D.
Presenter: Frank Burtnett, Ed.D., of Springfield, Virginia and Rockport, Maine is a veteran counselor, counselor educator, author and consultant whose expertise is focused on career and college readiness and the transitions we experience across the various life stages. Frank has over thirty years of direct service in various nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and community agencies.
Description: Dr. Burtnett discusses the various career errors commonly made over the life span, and how we, as professional counselors, can help clients through some of these missteps. Further, he discusses how career issues and mental health issues sometimes overlap. His discussions of the various techniques to achieve life/work balance will be of interest to many counselors. Finally, his discussion of twenty career clusters will be of interest to career counselors and mental health counselors alike.
Among other questions, Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks:
- Your book, Career Errors: Straight Talk about the Steps and Missteps of Career Development is built on the premise that we all pass through a series of career development stages and too few of us understand or implement those stages properly. Could you tell me more about those stages?
- You place a great deal of emphasis on achieving life-work balance? Just what is it and how will a person now when she or he has found it?
- Early in the book you suggest that the worst question you should ever ask a young person is: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Why is that such a bad question?
- The book goes into considerable detail about our inability to make good career or job decisions? Exactly what are most people doing wrong and how can counselors help?
- In one chapter you talk about our inability to find good information upon which to make decisions and our failure to use it properly once we do. Can you be more specific, especially regarding the role which counselors can play at this stage of career development?
- You have a chapter in your book in which you profile about twenty career clusters and identity a large number of new and emerging occupations. How is the workplace changing and what must a counselor do to stay on top of that change?
- The recent recession and any number of other economic and workplace conditions have resulted in significant rises in unemployment? How might a counselor help someone who has lost their job deal with that situation?
- Why is it important for people passing through the stages of career development to utilize the services of professional counselors and what settings should have counselors in place to address those needs?
- ACA currently has 55,000+ members, most of whom are clinicians, Is there anything I have not asked you that you want our members to know?