All 22 chapters of CERIC’s Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles, and Professionalism can now be downloaded individually for free, opening up access to this valuable resource for students, educators and practitioners alike.

A first in Canada, CERIC published this comprehensive textbook edited by Blythe C. Shepard of the University of Lethbridge and Priya S. Mani of the University of Manitoba in 2014. Since then the book has sold more than 1,500 copies. It has been adopted as required reading in post-secondary career development courses as well as private training programs, integrated into provincial education curriculum and used as reference by career practitioners.

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.

The text features 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

Each chapter contains: 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.

In addition to the free pdf downloads on the CERIC website, the book remains for sale in soft cover ($48.00 CAD) and ebook ($27.99 CAD) from and Bulk purchases can also still be made through CERIC (a 30% discount applies to the purchase of 10 or more books).

CERIC supported the development of the textbook through its project partnership funding. Project funding enables the creation of innovative research and learning resources in career counselling and career development.