Putting “Development” Back into Career Development: Applying Cognitive Development in Practice

Leigh Gronich Mundhenk, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College

Most of us know clients or students who seem to rely on us for the answers to their career questions. They may want us to tell them what to do or what to be. Others seem to require very little from us other than guidance. Why do these differences exist? The answer may lie in people’s level of cognitive development. This workshop will explore how clients’ and students’cognitive development impacts the career development work we do with them, and help you develop counseling and teaching strategies that can help them rise to higher and more productive level of career success.

Leigh Gronich Mundhenk, PhD, Assistant professor and Director of Field Experiences, University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College, Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. from Temple University. Dr. Gronich Mundhenk directs the University’s highly innovative internship program and is the founder of Work Concepts, a consulting firm specializing in career and group development. She has been a consultant for Drake, Bean, Morin, an international human resource consulting firm, and was in management with Johnson & Johnson for 15 years. She brings her diverse work experience into all facets of her teaching, consulting and coaching work.

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