As the practice of outplacement counseling continues to evolve, outplacement professionals are increasingly called upon to respond effectively to a rapidly changing set of counseling and business developments. One of the major trends is that the skills and expertise of outplacement practitioners are of value to individuals still employed within corporate organizations as well as to those who have already lost their jobs. Practitioners are designing programs and delivering services in the areas of executive coaching, organization development, internal career management, and more. Another trend is that career management professionals are challenged to provide effective services to an increasingly diverse group of candidates to ensure that they are maintaining the highest professional standards in their service delivery. And more attention is being given to innovative applications of technology to career management services.
As a result of these evolving trends, the need has never been greater for career management professionals to think clearly about the services they deliver, to enhance their own professional development on an ongoing basis, and to respond effectively to changes in the labor market. One of the best ways to accomplish this growth is to fully tap the knowledge and experience of authorities in the field. The contributors to this volume are established industry leaders with demonstrated expertise in their areas of special interest.
This volume is a valuable resource to all those interested in the fields of outplacement and career management-- especially current and "would-be" practitioners. Its contents will benefit candidates receiving career management services and human resources professionals whose organizations provide such services. It is also of interest to those from a variety of academic backgrounds including counseling psychology, organization development, and industrial/organizational psychology. For all of these audiences, this volume assembles practical, state-of-the-art information about important career development topics from a broad range of distinguished practitioners.
"Veteran outplacement specialist Alan Pickman collected the best practitioners with the best minds in the business to inform, instruct, and challenge today's OP consultants to become tomorrow's…the most valuable volume I've seen to date in the OP field…a 'keeper' for every OP practitioner for years to come."
—James J. Gallagher, Ph.D.
Founding Chairperson of the Outplacement Institute
"With significant changes impacting the career management industry, this book is both a timely and important resource for career management and human resource professionals alike. Insightful and scholarly in its content, yet practical in its application, this book provides thought-provoking ideas on comprehensive career management topics."
President, International Association of Career Management Professionals (IACMP)
Contents: Preface. Contributors. Part I: Psychological Perspectives For Career Management Professionals. A.J. Pickman, Reflections on Being an Outplacement Counselor. B.Z. Locker, Job Loss and Organizational Change: Psychological Perspectives. L.A. Chamberlain, Counseling the Person: Psychological Aspects of Career Counseling. S. Bowers, Identity Formation in Outplacement and Career Management Counselors. Part II: Counseling Special Populations. M.J. Carsman, Helping the Reluctant Networker. D. White, Career Development Counseling With Technologists and Scientists. A. Lands, Counseling Older Adults. M.A. Lee, Counseling Minority Clients. S.S. Spanier, Counseling Helpless Clients. G. Allison, Counseling Lawyers. J.J. Gallagher, Professional Standards in Outplacement Counseling. Part III: Innovative Approaches in Outplacement and Career Management. P. Prichard, Special Challenges in Leading Groups. R.J. Lee, Personal Business Ventures: A Proposal. J. Strewler, New Models for Career Centers. M.J. Carsman, Confronting Change and the New Technologies: A Guide for the Practitioner. K. Strickland, Executive Coaching: Helping Valued Executives Fulfill Their Potential. G.E. Hayes, Executive Coaching: A Strategy for Management and Organizational Development. C.W. Cates, Career Management: It's Not Just for the Outplaced. M. Axmith, The Evolving Workplace: Its Implications for Outplacement Practice.