Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide

Published by CERIC, Strengthening Mental Health Through Effective Career Development: A Practitioner’s Guide – written by Dave Redekopp of Life-Role Development Group and Michael Huston of Mount Royal University – is available for free download.

 

The guide enables practitioners to connect career development services with student/client mental health concerns while working ethically and inside the boundaries of their role and competence. The authors emphasize their focus is mental health, not mental illness, and address this distinction in the book.

Practitioners will be equipped with the skills and strategies to:

  • Improve the mental health impact of their services
  • Evaluate the mental health impact of their services
  • Communicate the mental health impact of their services to relevant stakeholders, including policymakers

The guide explores how career practitioners do far more than help people prepare for, enter and navigate career pathways – they change people’s lives in ways that improve mental health and overall well-being. While primarily intended for practitioners, researchers will also find a robust and testable model of career development and mental health relationships. Support for the resource has come from Simon Fraser University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Ryerson University, along with endorsements from career development leaders and workplace mental health experts.

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