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J Career Dev. 2010 Jun 1;37(1):441-464.

The Vocational Significance of Black Identity: Cultural Formulation Approach to Career Assessment and Career Counseling.

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  • UW Center for Women's Health Research, School of Medicine and Public Health, 700 Regent Street, Suite #301, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53715-2634.


Scholarship is emerging on intervention models that purposefully attend to cultural variables throughout the career assessment and career counseling process (Swanson & Fouad, in press). One heuristic model that offers promise to advance culturally-relevant vocational practice with African Americans is the Outline for Cultural Formulation (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). This article explicates the Outline for Cultural Formulation in career assessment and career counseling with African Americans integrating the concept of cultural identity into the entire model. The article concludes with an illustration of the Outline for Cultural Formulation model with an African American career client.

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