Super and Self: Bringing Career Theory to Life

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Welcome to this course featuring Super’s Life-Span, Life-Space Theory and Markus and Nurius “Possible Selves Theory.” In this course, you will be will be guided through the history and uses of each theoretical approach and their application to working with clients desiring a career change. I will also demonstrate how to use 2 associated qualitative assessments, Super’s “Career Rainbow Exercise,” and another that was developed by the presenter, the “Possible Selves Escalator Exercise.” Both assessment templates will be provided along with written directions on how to complete the exercises with clients. I will guide you through a step-by-step demonstration and provide related processing tips so participants can immediately implement these two career development tools into their practice. 

The process of using assessment tools that engage clients in deeper discussions and encourage creative thinking is important because it allows for a deeper exchange of information between client and counselor. Career professionals can use this type of intervention to help clients explore their career concerns from a multitude of perspectives. Some clients enjoy numeric-based assessment tools and others prefer pondering ideas, writing/drawing, and then discussing their ideas. Effective career professionals confidently offer a variety of assessment tools to clients in order to meet their needs.

Your Instructor: Dr. Leann Morgan

Leann Wyrick Morgan, PhD, LPC, CCCE, BC-TMH (Board Certified Telemental Health Provider) is a member of the Core Faculty in the School of Counseling at Walden University. She is a former Associate Professor of Counseling in the Counseling and Human Services Department at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and served as the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Counseling and Leadership Program Coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Purdue University, M.A. in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Northern Colorado. Her primary counseling experience is with adolescents and their families, both in the community and school settings. She is a former School-to-Career Coordinator and School Counselor at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, CO. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Career Counselor Educator (CCCE).

Learning Objectives

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to

utilize both Donald Super’s “Life-Span, Life-Space Theory,” (Super, and “Possible Selves Theory” (Markus & Nirius, 1986) with their clients, and be able to explain the elements of working with each.

effectively present and utilize the “Career Rainbow Exercise,” with clients, including the explanation, completion, and debriefing process.

effectively present and utilize the, “Possible Selves Escalator Exercise,” with clients, including the explanation, completion, and debriefing process. 

effectively utilize the results of the “Career Rainbow Exercise,” and “Possible Selves Escalator Exercise” to assist clients in exploring “next steps” in their career development process.