The Career Decision State and Rehabilitation Counselor Education Programs

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Undergraduate and graduate students enroll in rehabilitation counselor education programs with varying degrees of commitment to a career goal in the field. The career decision state (CDS) comprising certainty, satisfaction, and clarity is a snapshot of one’s career goals. It is bidimensional, differentiates between undergraduate and graduate rehabilitation counseling students, and is associated with negative career thinking. Implications for using CDS in the form of a brief questionnaire, in student orientation and ongoing advising, and in future research are discussed.

Stephen J. Leierer, PhD and Robert C. Reardon, PhD, Caroline K. Wilde, PhD, Gary W. Peterson, PhD

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