John Krumboltz

John Krumboltz, a pioneer and leading figure in career counseling, will offer a one-day workshop, “Helping to Create a Meaningful Life in a Difficult Economy,” April 20, 2012, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The workshop, sponsored by IUP's Center for Counselor Training and Services, is intended for career counselors and career development professionals, community counselors and other mental health professionals, school counselors, and graduate students in the helping professions.

Krumboltz is a professor in the School of Education at Stanford University, where he has taught since 1961. He reached the rank of professor in 1966.

For more than 50 years, he has been an international scholar and leader in the field. He has done groundbreaking research in career development, behavioral counseling interventions, and social learning theory in career development and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications.

The American Counseling Association designated him a “Living Legend in Counseling” in 2004. Two years later, the University of Minnesota, where Krumboltz received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1955, presented him with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

His other honors include the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions and the Leona Tyler Award from APA's Division 17 (Counseling Psychology).

During his IUP workshop, Krumboltz will address topics including the Happenstance Learning Theory. His 2009 article in the Journal of Career Assessment on HLT stipulates that career counselors should teach clients about participating in an array of helpful activities to enhance their skills. He further maintained that the goal of career counseling is to aid clients in taking action to accomplish greater satisfaction in their career and personal lives rather than focusing on a sole career decision.

“To have a presenter of his stature conducting a CCTS workshop is a true honor,” John McCarthy, director of the Center for Counselor Training and Services and a professor in the Department of Counseling, said. “He is a legendary figure in the profession.”

Krumboltz will be a distinguished guest at the Department of Counseling's Celebration Banquet that evening. The event, also at the Kovalchick Complex, will honor scholarship recipients.

Workshop information is available on the Center for Counselor Training and Services website or can be obtained by calling 724-357-3807. An early registration period with discounted attendance fees will be offered.