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  • Objectives
    The skills and knowledge taught in this program include: - Individual counselling and group facilitation. - Theoretical models of career development. - Future trends analysis in relation to career development. - The tools, techniques and processes of career counseling. - Assessment in career counseling. - Electronic tools and techniques. - Working with diverse populations and equity issues, and Consulting skills for career development practitioners.
  • Entry requirements
    This program is designed for individuals who are or would like to work in roles such as career counselors, employment counselors, career information practitioners, career development practitioners or job developers.
  • Academic Title
    Career Development Practitioner Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    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

    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

    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

    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

    CARD8050     Assessment In Career Development: Formal Instruments
    Description: This course provides students with practice in using assessment tools for career counselling. Students will have the opportunity to examine the procedures for using and interpreting data from a variety of assessment inventories, and learn how to integrate assessment data in career counselling. Students will examine assessment tools, to evaluating statistical measures, the purpose of the assessment, format, administration procedures, norms, validity and interpretation of results. Ethical implications of administering tests will be discussed along with the limitations and cautions related to the use of tests.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD8070     Practicum Seminar (Career Development Practitioner Program)

    Description: This course will build on the foundation of the knowledge and skills taught in other courses in the program and will encourage students to begin to integrate and apply what they have learned. The focus will be going in-depth in the areas of the student's own interest to further develop the components of professional counselling practice. Also, considered will be various organizational settings and trends where students may choose to practice their skills.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: CARD1010, CARD1040, CARD1060, CARD1070

          Electives: Program Option

    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours

    Elective Courses:

    CARD8010     Electronic Tools and Techniques in the Field of Career Development

    Description: With the rapid proliferation of computer-based and in particular, Internet based career development resources over the past several years, it has been difficult for practitioners to stay current on the spectrum of what is available to them. This course takes students through every stage of the career development process - including self-assessment, occupational research, resume development and job search strategies - and outlines the wealth of Internet and computer-based resources that are now readily available to the practitioner. The course includes special sections on advanced Internet search strategies, cyber-counselling and the applicability of the Internet to special populations. The focus of the course is on Canadian resources, but also includes international sites and software where appropriate. This course is intended for career development practitioners in all sectors of the field who want to gain a better understanding of the availability and applicability of electronic resources and/or who want to teach their clients how to access and use these resources.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD8030     New Canadians and the World of Work

    Description: Students will be introduced to how employment fits into the settlement/integration continuum and to the general characteristics of the process that allow newcomers to be full participants in society. A community development approach to providing services is explored involving initial settlement concerns, language instruction, specific employment services and long-term integration issues. Various best practices include advocacy, networking, coaching, cultural orientation, community building, and language referral training, will be reviewed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD8040     Career Development for Adolescents and Young Adults
    Description: It is not uncommon for adults to feel out of touch with today's generation of youth, making our work with this age group challenging and sometimes even frustrating. This course will assist career development practitioners to form a clear portrait of what it means to be a young adult today and suggest counselling strategies to use specifically with youth. Special sections of the course will focus on: emotional intelligence and its importance to the success of today's youth; the career decision making difficulties of youth; and strategies to use when working with special populations of young adults; including employment bound youth. Other sections of the course detail career pathways and career planning programs for youth. This course is intended for career development practitioners in all sectors of the field who want to gain a better understanding of how to effectively work with diverse groups of adolescents and young adults.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD8080     Career Development Within Communities
    Description: The quality of life and opportunities in communities will be shaped to a great extent by people's ability to help others effectively understand and deal successfully with the challenges and opportunities that confront them today and tomorrow. This course will give participants the tools that can be used to help mobilize the energy of individuals, families, voluntary organizations and agencies around critical community issues. In particular, the focus will be on community development in relationship to career development.
    The course will provide the learner with the conceptual base and understanding of the need to bring people, often with diverse views and opinions, together around common issues, in particular career development, to help them to learn how to deal collectively with their issues of concern, and to give purposeful direction to their own futures.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    CARD8110     Job Development
    Description:
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    WMNS1050     Women and Career Building

    Description: This course begins with an overview of the history of women and work and will examine how both societal influences and individual choice impact the world of work for women. Topics covered are: women in transition, non-traditional employment, technology, dual career families, self-employment, spirituality, work-life balance and women as mentors and coaches. Models of practice are presented and critiques (e.g. Job Finding Clubs, pre-employment programs, transition programs like Women into Trades and Technology (WITT) and youth focused programs).
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Practicum Option
    Description: Student must pass 1 Course(s)

    Elective Courses:

    CARD8060     Practicum Project

    Hours: 200
    Credits: 7
    Pre-Requisites: CARD8070

    CARD8100     Practicum Project 2
    Hours: 200
    Credits: 7
    Pre-Requisites: CARD8070

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