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A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment

7th Edition

Author/Editor: Kevin B. Stoltz and Susan R. Barclay

Year: 2019

Editors: Kevin B. Stoltz and Susan R. Barclay

NCDA is excited to release the re-imagined 7th edition of our influential guide to career assessment. Re-conceptualized and renamed to A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment, the Guide contains important information career counselors, educators and practitioners will find invaluable in learning about career assessment and selecting assessments specific to client needs. The Guide is a resource that connects to multiple service sectors and embraces global perspectives of career assessment.

The book begins with six newly updated chapters that provide foundational knowledge of career assessment. The next section includes more than two dozen peer reviews of assessments. The reviews are separated into four categories reconceptualized to reflect the emerging literature in career assessment. Those categories are quantitative, qualitative, research, and open source, which cover the traditional categories of assessment (e.g., interests, values, skills) while encompassing qualitative processes in assessment, research of processes and new instruments, and open-source (i.e., free) resources for practitioners.

Release of the concise, yet comprehensive, 7th edition is unique compared to former editions. In addition to the printed Guide, NCDA created a website that offers related content*. This online companion contains seven chapters regarding career assessment in specific work environments: K-12 schools; higher education; business and workforce development; private practice; research and evaluation; and public policy and advocacy. A final chapter in this online section, provides users with insight on the integration of career and mental health counseling. An additional online section provides perspectives of career assessment from diverse cultures and settings around the world. Finally, the website contains an expandable library of assessment reviews. Subscribers to the online companion will find this dynamic resource regularly updated with new reviews.

The editors, Drs. Kevin B. Stoltz and Susan R. Barclay, developed this multi-faceted resource as the quintessential source for career assessment now and in the future. With the incorporation of technology into this publication, NCDA can offer ongoing reviews and updates that will build a current accounting and a historical record of career assessment worldwide. This is truly a comprehensive work that will live up to its name, the NCDA name, and to our profession.


Cg7 Website Home Page* The online companion is a separate purchase that is now available in the Career Resource Store, under Subscriptions.


Read the Review in Career Convergence or the Testimonials.



Table of Contents

Structure of the Book

Part I – Foundations in Career Assessment – PRINT ONLY

1. History and Uses of Career Assessment – Mark Pope, Yang Ai, Courtney R. Boddie, Carol A. Miller

2. Career Assessment: Perspectives on Trends and Issues – Spencer Niles & Clayton V. Martin

3. Computer-Assisted Career Assessment – Debra S. Osborn, Darrin L. Carr, M. C. McClain, Ryan D. Sides, Jill A. Lumsden, & James P. Sampson

4. Multicultural Considerations in Career Assessment – Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel, Y. Barry Chung, Jacks Cheng, & Yue Li

5. Selecting and Understanding Career Assessments – Kevin B. Stoltz, Stephanie Bell, & Laith G. Mazahreh

6. Test Administration, Interpretation, and Communication of Results – Nikki A. Falk, Alec Eshelman, & Patrick J. Rottinghaus

Part II – Applied Career Assessment – ONLINE ONLY - (requires a separate purchase)

7. Career Assessment in K-12 – Pamelia E. Brott

8. Career Assessment in Higher Education – Tracy M. Lara Hilton

9. Career Assessment in Human Resources and Workforce – Constance Pritchard & Wendie Wilson

10. Career Assessment in Private Practice – Rich Feller

11. Career Assessment in Research & Program Evaluation – Janet G. Lenz & V. Casey Dozier

12. Using Career Assessment in Public Policy Advocacy – Varunee Faii Sangganjanavanich

13. Integration of Career Assessment and Mental Health – Seth C. W. Hayden

Part III – Global Perspectives on Career Assessment - ONLINE ONLY - (requires a separate purchase)

14. Career Assessment in Asia – Marilyn E. Maze & Hyung Joon Yoon

15. Career Assessment in Australia – Peter McIlveen, Harsha Perera, & Ruth Wilcock

16. Career Assessment in Canada – Roberta Neault, Deirdre Pickerell, Cassie Taylor, & Mark Franklin

17. Career Assessment in Europe – Jérôme Rossier & Marina Fiori

18. Career Assessment in Latin America –

19. Career Assessment in the Middle East – Nimrod Levin & Itamar Gati

20. Career Assessment in South Africa – Maximus M. Sefotho & Boitumelo Diale

Part IV – Career Assessment Instrument Reviews – PRINT ONLY (unless otherwise noted)


Ability Explorer – Kathy M. Evans (Both Print and Online)
Ashland Interest Inventory – Darrin L. Carr, Pamela McCoy, & Alyssa West
ASVAB – Laith G. Mazahreh
California Psychological Inventory – Rebekah Reysen
Career Decision Self- Efficacy Scale – Joshua C. Watson (Both Print and Online)
Career Occupational Preferences System Interest Inventory (COPS) – Jenna Crabb
Career Thoughts Inventory – Brian M. Calhoun
Jackson Career Explorer – Justin R. Fields
Jackson Vocational Interest Inventory – Julie Aitken Schermer
Kuder Career Planning System – Melinda M. Gibbons & Charmayne R. Adams (Both Print and Online)
NEO-4 – Brian J. Taber
Occupational Aptitude Survey and Interest Schedule (OASIS-3) – Amanda G. Flora
Self- Directed Search – Chad Luke & Zach Budesa
Work Values Inventory – S. Autumn Collins


Career Construction Interview – Louis A. Busacca (Both Print and Online)
Career Genogram – Tina M. Anctil
Knowdell Card Sorts – Tanya M. Campos


Bendill-Icelandic Interest Inventory - Sif Einarsdóttir & James Rounds
Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire – Itamar Gati & Viktoria Kulcsar
Career Distress Scale – Peter A. Creed & Michelle Hood
Career Resources Questionnaire – Simona Ingold, Madeleine Haenggli, & Andreas Hirschi
The Decisional Process Inventory – Paul J. Hartung
Personal Globe Inventory – Terence J. G. Tracey
Vocational Meaning Survey and Vocational Fulfillment Survey – Gary W. Peterson, John K. MacFarlane, & Debra Osborn


Open Source

Career Development Inventory – Debra Osborn, Michael Morgan, & Tiffany Brown
Career Maturity Inventory-Form C – Logan Vess
My Vocational Situation – Catherine Allen (Both Print and Online)


Structure of the resource:
A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment (7th Edition)

The National Career Development Association (NCDA) is excited to release its newest publication regarding career assessment – the 7th edition of A Counselors Guide to Career Assessment. We, as editors, are excited about the changes to the well-known publication.


What Has Changed in the New Edition

First and foremost is the change in the name to A Comprehensive Guide to Career Assessment. Originally conceptualized in 1982 as a guide for counselors, we designed the 7th edition for use by a wide variety of career practitioners, including those in training. This change keeps pace with the continual evolution of the workplace in the 21st century. Second, we wanted to highlight the global focus of career development work and NCDA membership, and we did this by including chapters and instrument reviews from leading scholars and practitioners located around the world. This global perspective expanded the book significantly and led to a reconceptualization of how to deliver the new edition. Recognizing the full potential of the book when combined with technological advances, we developed an online format as a companion to the print book that we believe will serve practitioners, researchers, counselor educators, students, and NCDA members worldwide.


The Foundational Print Book

This advancement starts with a printed book that holds the first six chapters of the new edition and reviews of over two dozen career assessments. These first six chapters consist of foundational knowledge of career assessment that the authors have updated for current use in the profession. Along with those six chapters are reviews of career development assessments that include not only reviews of traditional instruments but offer expanded variety with new assessment categories (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, research, and open source). These reviews are representative of the variety that will be available on the book’s new companion - an official website. To control cost, while offering valuable content, we offer this comprehensive resource in two formats. Individuals can purchase the print book as a stand-alone item; they can purchase website access as a stand-alone item; or, individuals can purchase both the print copy and website access for the greatest coverage of content. We believe the unique features of the combined option represent the most value to users of this Guide.


The Comprehensive Website Companion

The website offers expanded content including career assessment in specific work environments, global perspectives on career development, and reviews of assessments used in diverse cultures. Of the 14 additional chapters, the first seven represent many professional environments in which career specialists work. These include K-12 schools; higher education; business and workforce development; private practice; research and evaluation; public policy; and mental health counseling. The remaining seven chapters, which were written by authors from around the world, present career assessment from their diverse cultures and settings. These include Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and South Africa.


Categories of Reviews

In addition to the new chapter content, the website houses more reviews in the same four categories as the print version. These categories are quantitative assessments offered commercially for use, qualitative assessments documented in the professional literature, research assessments that focus on continuing inquiry in the profession, and open source assessments available at no cost on the world-wide-web. In addition to the usual keyword searches, the online assessment reviews are searchable three ways: alphabetically, categorically, and via instrument type (search by key constructs, such as interests, adaptability, or meaning). We will add additional reviews to the website as they become available. Each review includes a relevant literature search, updated test descriptions and quality markers, and contact information to explore access and further information from the publisher of the assessment. Of course, the online technical features make for a user-friendly 21st century resource, yet the print book’s foundational content is a valuable reserve for both students and experienced professionals.


A 21st Century Dual Resource

We envision this book and the website as the go-to-source for career assessment now and in the future. With the incorporation of technology into this project, NCDA can offer ongoing reviews and updates that will build a current accounting and a historical record of career assessment worldwide. This is truly a comprehensive work that will live up to its name.


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