Use the hypothetical case of Vincent (See below). With the understanding that you are a career counselor, analyze the client’s career counseling needs in accordance with one of the following career theories: Super, Holland, Dawis & Lofquist, Krumboltz, and Lent, Brown, and Hackett. Within your analysis, explore the contextual issues within the case related to culture and family and develop a tentative plan for assisting this client with their career development needs.
Case of Vincent Arroyo: “Casket, Closets, and Careers”
Some might say that Vincent Santiago Arroyo’s career path began with a casket. When he was only three years old, Vincent’s father died a hero’s death. As a firefighter in New York City, Vincent’s father perished on September 11, 2001, while attempting a valiant rescue of workers trapped inside the second tower of the World Trade Center. Although Vincent has but distant memories of his father, he has grown up in awe of him. Many a family gathering has included a moment of silence to honor his father’s heroism and, to this day, Vincent’s mother still lights a candle for her late husband each Sunday before Mass. Now 17 years old and a junior in high school, Vincent works every day after school at the bodega (corner grocery) in order to help his mother with the bills and rarely feels that he has time to do homework. As a result, Vincent maintains mostly Cs and Ds, but his school counselor told him he was still on track to graduate next year and to pursue his dream of joining the military after high school.
Perhaps this dream represents a desire to honor his father’s sacrifice. Perhaps it stems from wanting to also experience the admiration shown to Vincent’s fallen hero. Perhaps it reflects a desire to defend his country from the terrorism that claimed his father’s life. Whatever the rea- son, Vincent has long dreamed of joining the Marines.
Now, though, there is a problem. For several years, Vincent has been fighting an increasing awareness that something’s not right about himself. Although he hates to admit it, he’s figured out that he’s gay. At his most recent meeting with his school counselor, he shares this disappointing news with her and asks her opinion about whether he should continue pursuing his dream of joining the Marines. Vincent knows about the military’s past “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and, despite its recent repeal, has concerns about the military’s long-standing opposition to gay soldiers. Vincent said this wouldn’t be a problem for him right now because he is still “in the closet” and really doesn’t want anyone to know. He wonders, though, how long he can keep the secret.
Create a 10-14-slide presentation that captures the following information:
- 1) Basic demographics such as age, sex, race, and education
- 2) Career development thus far
- 3) Reason(s) (external and internal) for seeking career counseling
- 4) Any unique problems that may influence the counseling session (e.g., disability, economic problems, mental health problems, cultural considerations) and how you would address these issues
- 5) A detailed overview of your theory of choice. Be sure to identify the major concepts associated with the theory
- 6) An explanation of how the theory’s major concepts could be used to understand your client’s situation and counseling needs and/or guide your selection of helping strategies.
- 7) Information needed for the initial assessment
- 8) Steps in the career development process
- 9) Two career resources that may be useful in facilitating the career development of the client
- 10) At least two career assessments/tools you would use to facilitate the career development process and discuss how the results of each assessment/tool may benefit the client.
- 11) Application of one ethical principle
- 12) Application of at least two standards from the NCDA Code of Ethics
- 13) Referrals needed (if any)
- 14) Include at least five scholarly references.
Title slide and reference slide are not included in the slide count.
Include speaker notes below each content-related slide that represent what would be said if giving the presentation in person. Expand upon the information included in the slide and do not simply restate it.