It’s All About the Conversation

Zark VanZandt, University of Southern Maine

The primary purpose of giving career assessments to students and clients as part of the career development process should be to engage them in a conversation about how the assessments might contribute to their self awareness and ultimate decision-making. In this workshop, examples will be provided of conversations that address several facets of the assessment process. Participants will then engage in a process of framing their own conversations to align with their use of assessments for career counseling.

Zark VanZandt, Professor Human Resource Development, University of Southern Maine University of Maine, Ed.D and Michigan State University, B.A., M.A. Dr. VanZandt’s prior positions were Dean of USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus in July 2003 and served as Interim Director of the USM Libraries, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and Chair of the Human Resource Development Department at USM. His academic interests are in the area of Career Development, Group Process & Procedures, and School Counseling. He has co-authored two books ( Lessons for Life with Simon & Shuster and Developing Your School Counseling Program: A Handbook for Systemic Planning with Brooks/Cole-Thompson Learning). He is also the creator of the Get a Life Career Planning Portfolio, a resource with worldwide distribution through the American School Counselor Association.

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