Career Expert to Speak at IUP

Posted on 12/6/2011 9:19:51 AM

John Krumboltz, a pioneer and leading figure in career counseling, will offer a one-day workshop entitled “Helping to Create a Meaningful Life in a Difficult Economy.” The workshop is sponsored by the IUP Center for Counselor Training and Services (CCTS) and will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, at Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

Krumboltz is a professor in the School of Education at Stanford University and has taught there since 1961. He became a full professor in 1966.

For more than fifty years, he has been an international scholar and leader in the field. His research in career development, behavioral counseling interventions, and social learning theory in career development represented ground-breaking work. He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications.

The American Counseling Association designated him a “Living Legend in Counseling” in 2004. Two years later, Dr. Krumboltz was given the Outstanding Achievement Award from his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology in 1955.

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

Krumboltz will address various topics, including the Happenstance Learning Theory (HLT), in his IUP workshop. 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.

John McCarthy, CCTS director and a professor in Counseling, expressed excitement about Krumboltz’s visit to IUP. “To have a presenter of his stature conducting a CCTS workshop is a true honor,” McCarthy said. “He is a legendary figure in the profession.”

Krumboltz will also be a distinguished guest at the Department of Counseling’s Celebration Banquet that evening. The event will honor award and scholarship recipients and will also be held at the KCAC.

Workshop information will be available on the CCTS website in mid-December or can be obtained by calling 724-357-3807. An early registration period with discounted attendance fees will also be offered.

IUP is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.