Reviewing psychologists' qualifications for career development practice in Australia

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: and Hoare, Nancey ORCID: and McMahon, Mary and Patton, Wendy (2010) Reviewing psychologists' qualifications for career development practice in Australia. Australian Psychologist, 45 (2). pp. 84-97. ISSN 0005-0067

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Vocational psychology and the practice of career development are important dimensions of the psychology discipline and profession. This paper contains an overview of Australian career development practice in light of recent trends, particularly the formalisation of career development practice amongst professions other than psychologist. Given the advent of the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners, a review of postgraduate degrees in organisational, developmental and educational, and counselling psychology was conducted to determine their correspondence with the competencies presented in the Standards. The review revealed significant consistency with generic competencies. Degrees in organisational psychology provided the broadest correspondence; however degrees in counselling, developmental and educational psychology had lower levels of correspondence on specific competencies. The implications of the review are discussed in light of the evolution of the career development industry and psychologists' standing in this field.

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Additional Information: Author Posting. (c) Taylor & Francis, 2010. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor & Francis for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Australian Psychologist, Volume 45 Issue 2, June 2010. doi:10.1080/00050060903261512 (
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2010 04:29
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 02:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: career development; clinical/counselling psychology; educational psychology; industrial/organisational psychology; teaching of psychology; vocational psychology
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390114 Vocational education and training curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390404 Educational counselling
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
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