1st Edition

Art Therapy and Career Counseling Creative Strategies for Career Development Across the Lifespan

By Barbara Parker-Bell, Debra Osborn Copyright 2023
    348 Pages 37 Color & 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 37 Color & 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 37 Color & 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Art Therapy and Career Counseling is a comprehensive career development guide that offers creative approaches for understanding, assessing, and supporting ethical career development strategies.

    This book expands on traditional approaches by adding a robust art therapy lens to topics such as career development theories, relational approaches, career resource identification, multicultural concerns, and ethical practices. Additionally, research and practice findings of art therapists, counselors, psychologists, educators, and students are utilized as sources for career-centered art-based strategies.

    Art therapy educators, art therapists, counselors, and psychologists will appreciate creative approaches to teaching and applying career development through the lifespan.

    1. Introduction: Art Therapy and Career Counseling: Harnessing Creative Strategies to Promote Career Exploration, Career Satisfaction, and Mental Health  2. Main Theories of Career Counseling and the Integration of Art Therapy Theories and Practices  3. Ethical Issues in Art Therapy and Career Counseling  4. The Role of Assessment in Art Therapy and Career Counseling  5. Relational Development and Processes in Art Therapy and Career Counseling  6. Diversity and Social Justice in Career Counseling and Art Therapy  7. School-Based Career Counseling and Art Therapy  8. Positive Psychology in Career Development and Art Therapy: Emphasizing Strengths  9. Career Decision-Making  10. Using Creativity to Support the Client Job Search Process  11. Exploring and Supporting Clients’ Use of Resources and Information  12. Exploring and Supporting Career Development with People Living with Disabilities  13. Using Creativity to Understand and Support Career Transitions  14. Art Therapy and Career Counseling Program Design and Evaluation  15. Art Therapist/Career Counselor Self-Assessment: Am I Ready for Practice? Appendix: Career Counseling Art-Based Interventions 



    Barbara Parker-Bell, ATR-BC, is the director of Art Therapy Programs at Florida State University. She is a Fulbright scholar and the former president of the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

    Deb Osborn, NCC, is a professor and past president of both the National and Florida Career Development Associations, and fellow of NCDA and the American Counseling Association.

    "Drs. Parker-Bell and Osborn provide readers with a meticulously organized book that promotes art therapy and career counseling collaborations. This book is timely and inspiring for practitioners wishing to creatively engage students or clients in career exploration."

    Patricia D. Isis, PhD, LMHC-QS, ATR-BC, ATCS, certified mindful self-compassion teacher

    "Many of us have clients who get stuck in the logical side of the brain when considering careers.  Art therapy interventions have the power to push them into the creative side where inspiration lives.  This book explores many career theories through the lens of art and creativity."

    Lisa Severy, PhD, NCDA, certified career counselor

    "This book is a definite YES for career counseling courses and will be a wonderful resource for both practitioners and students. A shining example of interdisciplinary collaboration, this remarkable synthesis of career counseling and art therapy will aid clients to visualize their career path, goals, and obstacles more clearly." 

    Gail Rule, MEd, ATR-BC, LPC-S, LICDC-S, professor at Ursuline College