Schlossberg’s Career Transition Theory with a Twist: Turning Transition into Triumph

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Dr. Susan R. Barclay, LPC, NCC is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), where she coordinates and teaches across the College Student Personnel Services and Administration (CSPA) graduate program. In addition, Susan teaches in the School Counseling graduate program and the Leadership Studies doctoral program at UCA.

Susan received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University and her doctorate in Higher Education from The University of Mississippi. She holds licensure as a licensed professional counselor in both Arkansas and Mississippi, is a national certified counselor, an approved clinical supervisor, and is certified in general mediation.

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION:  Due to the complexity of career transitions, the goals of career specialists should be to help clients improve their situation and strengthen their strategies for coping. In doing so, transitioning career clients are better able to reimagine life’s possibilities. Because transition occurs at various points through the career life,  application of Schlossberg’s theory – with a twist – is appropriate for all career clients, including those who are preparing for their first job, those who are changing careers, or those who entering into their encore careers.

Though many career counseling models and interventions exist, this presentation will offer attendees a model that utilizes the framework of Schlossberg’s transition theory, but implements a fresh perspective of Schlossberg’s Four Ss. Schlossberg (2011) described the Four Ss as the prospective assets or scarcities humans bring to every transition, including career transitions. Although specialists use the Four S model to identity client assets and deficits, the presenter will teach attendees how to use the Four S model in developing creative interventions that will aid career clients with improving their situation, strengthening their self-resilience, increasing or strengthening their support, and strengthening strategies for coping with transitions.


  • Articulate the tenets of Schlossberg’s theory.
  • Recognize client resources and deficits using Schlossberg’s theory.
  • Use Schlossberg’s Four Ss as a framework in developing creative interventions for aiding career clients through transition.
  • Develop their own creative interventions applicable to their particular settings.