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Connecting Career and Mental Health Counseling: Integrating Theory and Practice
Janet G. Lenz, Gary W. Peterson, Robert C. Reardon, and Denise E. Saunders
In recent years, various authors and researchers have stressed the need for a more holistic approach to counseling that combines career and mental health issues (Blustein, 2006, 2008; Chopra, 2009; Krumboltz, 1993; Zunker, 2008). This paper focuses on strategies for combining career and mental health counseling assistance, and provides examples from a university-based career services setting and private practice. Prior to sharing the case examples, additional background information is provided on issues related to a service delivery approach that combines career and mental health assistance clients. The authors describe how using theory and selected assessments can enable career counselors to take a more holistic perspective when integrating career and mental health issues.