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  • Entry requirements
    Applicants to the Career Development Foundations Program must have a minimum of two years work or volunteer experience in the career development field.
  • Academic Title
    Career Development Foundations Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    CARD1010      Interviewing, Mentoring, And Coaching
    Description: This course explores the knowledge, skills, values and ethics inherent in being a successful counsellor. A review of counselling theories and how they relate to career development will be covered. The micro skills hierarchy will be presented as a framework for mastering basic interviewing and counselling skills. An ethical decision-making process will also be covered to increase the student's understanding of her/his attitudes about ethical decision-making and role as a professional helper. The final portion of the course will examine the process of personally integrating the counselling values, skills and knowledge that have been presented.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD1020     Trends And Issues In The New Work Dynamic

    Description: This course will provide an overview of the nature of contemporary work dynamic trends. The influences of global trends, employment trends and issues, cultural diversity and demographic shifts on future work will be explored. Students will examine the impact of permanent economic change, new work patterns, and organizational learning demands and discuss the implications for career decision-making. Students will investigate these trends, and develop counselling strategies to clarify the economic contexts in which career decisions are made.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD1060     Career Counselling And Development
    Description: This course will provide an overview of the theory and practice of career counselling and development. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of career development theories, career information, approaches to vocational assessment, the practice of career counselling and development and future trends in the evolution of the field. Students will engage in learning projects that will develop their appreciation for and understanding of both the theory and practice of career development.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD1070     Career Consulting Techniques I: Principles And Practices
    Description: The core processes and outcomes of career counselling are delivered in this course. The focus of this course is to connect theory to practice and to develop a resource of strategies and activities for counsellors to use with clients in both individual and group settings. A five-step model of career counselling developed in Canada is learned in detail. This course provides the student with a challenging opportunity to apply skills that can be used with a variety of client groups.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option
        
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    CARD1030     Consulting In Career Development: Entrepreneurial & Intrapreneurial Roles

    Description: This course explores the roles of intrepreneurs in career development oriented organizations and entrepreneurs operating their own counselling or consulting practices in career development. Students will assess their personal suitability for operating a consulting practice or abilities to act intrapreneurially within an organization. Market research techniques and marketing strategies will be developed. Students will prepare a business plan for a consulting practice or funding proposal for a career development program.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD1040     Group Training And Facilitation: Principles And Practices

    Description: The demand for group career development training is growing in both for-profit and non-profit contexts. In an approach that combines both theory and practice, this course will emphasize adult learning principles and the key elements of group training/facilitation. Students will have the opportunity to design and deliver a career development lesson plan for a client group of their choice and contribute to the development of a manual of group lesson plans they can retain for future use.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD1050     Career Development With Special Needs Groups

    Description: This course will support the career counsellor in working with special needs groups by exploring: the general characteristics of the group in Canada; environmental, social and systemic and personal barriers that this group is likely to encounter and suggestions of suitable practices for the career counsellor when working with individuals in these groups. Groups covered in this course include: aboriginal people, ex-offenders, immigrants and visible minorities, persons with disabilities (physical, learning, developmental, mental illness), older workers, social assistance recipients, the working poor, women, and youth.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD1080     Career Consulting Techniques II: Principles And Practices
    Description: A five-step model of career counselling developed in Canada is introduced and the 3rd, 4th and 5th steps are studied in detail.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CARD1070

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