Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism

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As of September 2016, all 22 chapters of CERIC’s Career Development Practice in Canada textbook can now be downloaded individually for free, opening up access to this valuable resource for students, educators and practitioners alike.

The book has been designed to be a learning tool for students, a resource for educators and a reference for career practitioners in the field.

The soft cover textbook can be purchased online ($48.00 CAD) or as an ebook ($27.99 CAD) from or Institutions with an account can order directly from Ingram.

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With a Foreward by Norman Amundson, contributors are internationally recognized experts and thought leaders in the career development field in Canada including: Phil Jarvis, Roberta A. Neault, Nancy Arthur, Bryan Hiebert and Kris Magnusson.


Featuring 22 chapters in 7 sections:

  • Section 1: Development of the Profession
  • Section 2: Basic Conceptual Frameworks of Career Development Practice
  • Section 3: The Nuts and Bolts of Career Development Practice
  • Section 4: Working with Diversity
  • Section 5: Navigating Developmental Tasks and Pathways
  • Section 6: Specialties in the Profession
  • Section 7: New Directions and Emerging Trends in Career Development Practice

Includes: Stop-and-Reflect moments to apply the material; a glossary of key terms; references with web links; discussion and activities for individuals and groups; and resources and supplementary readings.

Created for use in curriculum and training by:

  • College and university programs in career development at both an undergraduate and graduate level
  • Other college and university programs/courses that want to include a career development segment
  • Private trainers and training institutions focusing on career development
  • Associations in the field offering continuing education
  • Plus, individual career practitioners seeking to further their knowledge

Texttalks is a series of monthly discussions with authors of CERIC’s new Career Development Practice in Canada textbook. We bring you insights from thought leaders in the career development field.


MILDRED CAHILL, Professor, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland

While books in career counselling are myriad, this book orients the reader through an informed, scholarly inquiry into the Canadian context. The editors have done a remarkable job of garnering contributions from a selection of Canadian researchers, educators, and practitioners. The result is a thorough, sensible, comprehensive resource in career development that will interest and instruct students, educators, and practitioners. This book will serve to sustain and facilitate our vibrant career development profession.

ROB STRABY, Professor, Career Development Practitioner Certificate Program, Conestoga College

Over the past decade, as a career counsellor educator, I have had to piece together diverse resources to meet the needs of the learners. No more! Now we have a comprehensive text focused on Canadian career development, one that eloquently articulates multiple perspectives, established principles, and standards of professional practice. This book is a must read.

WILLIAM A. BORGEN, Professor, Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia

Career Development Practice in Canada is the first comprehensive Canadian book to offer the insights of researchers, educators, and practitioners on the key issues related to the theory and practice of life-long career development in Canada. It will go a long way toward moving career development theory and practice forward in our country.

BRYAN HIEBERT, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Calgary,
and Adjunct Professor in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
at the University of Victoria

Career Development Practice in Canada should be part of the professional library of everyone working in the Canadian career development field. The book provides an excellent cross section of different ways to view the practice of career development, issues that should be addressed when working with clients, and how to address those issues with clients. It is unusual to find a comprehensive book that contains such a good balance between theory and practice, and to my knowledge this is the only book that so completely describes what Canadians are doing. Canada has a very positive reputation internationally in the career development community and this book makes it clear why that positive reputation exists.