What techniques can career coaches and counselors use to address career trauma experiences by their students and clients?
Building from Part 1 in this short series, Dr. Sharon Givens hosts a conversation that provides practical strategies for working with students and clients who have experienced career trauma. Amanda Chenkin and Rae Stout share techniques for learning how your clients may be holding any trauma through open-ended questions and a narrative approach, and reflecting what you are hearing in their words and seeing in their body language. This episode also emphasizes the importance of asking permission to pursue these conversations with clients, understanding your own level of expertise, and developing a list of mental health professionals you know well and you can refer your students and clients to.
Amanda Chenkin is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and Maryland and a certified career counselor; she has been in the career development field for 20 years. The last eight years have been focused on career counseling, specifically working with clients who are exploring who they are and how they want to author their story. Amanda walks alongside clients who examine and process the internal and external stories and systems that have kept them from living unapologetically. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and NCDA. She is in private practice and owner of Choice Career Counseling based in Baltimore, MD.
Rae Stout is a licensed professional counselor at the iAmClinic in Colorado. Her clients often come to her looking to better understand themselves and how they wish to ‘show up’ in the world. She works with individuals to explore who they are, where they want to go and how they will get there. Often this looks like walking alongside clients as they untangle their authentic parts of self from internalized shame and societal pressures in order to step into their own self-authored story. Rae has 10 years of experience, specifically working with individuals around career concerns, identity work, integration, anxiety/depression and PTSD and/or CPTSD. She is also a certified career counselor, and specializes in working with career-related trauma. She is EMDR trained, and uses Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral, and Solution Focused approaches.