The book covers a wide spectrum of topics relating to counselling and guidance - concepts, principles and types of guidance and counselling, career information and its importance, psychological tests, non-testing techniques of guidance, resources needed to make the guidance a success, successful models of guidance, and so on. The subject is treated not purely from a theoretical perspective but also with a practical orientation. Examples provide insights into various facets of the subject and guidelines to those who want to be practitioners in the field.
It also includes material on emerging fields of employment, importance of self-employment, skill development in changing labour markets, specific problems of women in relation to education and employment - that would prove useful for a practicing counsellor.
Teachers, those who have to guide and counsel their students in matters relating to education, careers and personal problems, may find the book useful. The book provides answer to the questions like what to do in guidance, why and how to do?
Dr. Rashmi Agrawal (b. 1956) is a Ph.D. in Psychology from Lucknow University. She did P.G. Diploma in Guidance and Counselling from NCERT, New Delhi and later specialized in rehabilitation and counselling from the University of California, USA.
Dr. Agrawal has a long experience of working as Guidance Counsellor in various schools of Delhi and as a practicing Psychologist in the Aptitude Testing Center attached to University of Delhi.
She has been deeply interested in social issues and has done research work independently of her official assignments. She authored three books relating to Drug Abuse, Street Children and Gender Issues, and has published/presented a number of technical papers.
She has held various positions in Government of India and is presently working as Chief and Head of the Gender and Child Studies Unit and also Training Unit of the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission, New Delhi.
List of Tables and Figures
Guidance-The Concept and Objectives
Foundations of Guidance
Types of Guidance
Personal and Social Guidance
Essential Guidance Services
Individual Guidance (Counselling)
Testing and Non-testing Techniques of Guidance
Career Education Models
Guidance Services in India
Guidance Programme in the Schools Various Levels of Education
Career Choice and Vocational Development
Job Analysis and Survey
Guidance for Women
The Indian Scene
Objectives of Guidance for Women
How to Organise Guidance for Women
Guidance for Children with Special Needs
lTypes of Children with Special Needs
lSome Major Problems of Disabled
lHow to Identify Children with Special Needs
lRole of Guidance Worker
Evaluation of Guidance Programme
How to Collect Information
The Evaluation Technique
Some Success Indicators
Who Should do the Evaluation?
Employment and Skill Scenario in India
The Existing System of Skill Development
Problems in the Existing Training System
What is Needed
Characteristics of Self-employment
Barriers to Self-employment Promotion
How to Overcome Barriers
Steps in Self-employment Promotion
Some Emerging Areas in Rural Sector
Some Emerging Areas in Urban Sector
I : Agencies Dealing with Psychological Tests
II : Agencies Publishing/Dealing with Career Literature
III : Websites Information