VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

The Career Diamond: A Teaching Tool Illustrating The Process Of Career Counseling

Patricia Andersen


The Career Diamond illustrates the internal movement experienced by careerists who examine their self concepts in the context of realistic external demands. Using the diamond model in teaching career development and in counseling demonstrates the process to students and to clients. The purpose of the diagram is to show the process of exploring followed by an integration of personal and external factors in career decisions. A second purpose of emphasizing process is to relay the ever evolving nature of career change across the lifespan as careerists adapt to self growth and job market demands. Career counselors can use the Career Diamond to visually depict a process where the need for self exploration is obvious, overcoming "test and tell" expectations, and the press for a final "answer."

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