Career Assessment Instruments
The Alliance of Career Resource Professionals (ACRP— formerly ACSCI) developed this tool to help career development professionals compare career products and services before purchasing. This new tool's writable electronic format enables the user to compare products by applying ACRP standards constructs to key components of career information products and services. ACRP’s intent is to assist counselors, administrators and others tasked with comparing systems that are often complex and organized in different ways.
The 6th edition of this text, edited by Danica Hays & Chris Wood, maintains the key features of previous editions with reviews of instruments and chapters by leading experts in the field. The updated edition has over 70 reviews and now includes qualitative/alternative approaches to standardized assessments. Chapters cover topics such as multicultural considerations in career assessment, selecting a career assessment, and career assessment standards and competencies for practitioners. A useful matrix provides a useful cross-reference to search for instruments based on the purpose of the instruments and the population best to use it.
Obtain information on commonly used instruments from Florida State University's Tech Center's virtual "filing cabinet" of career information resources.
Links to the Eric Clearinghouse, where you can search for and read articles by assessment title, author or assessment description. Type author Jerome Kapes in the Search Term field, for example.
Career Information Resources
Dedicated to the concerns of parole, probation and community-based corrections.
Public portal for the Bureau of Prisons.
The NCDG is a career knowledge, skills, and decision-making framework. Use these guidelines to identify activities and strategies for developing high-quality career programs.
Training and technical assistance for federal, state, and local correctional agencies.
NCDA members may use these forms as a starting point when developing professional forms for use in all career development settings.
Federal courts and supervisory information.
Professional Development Opportunities
Provides international professional development and certification for correctional professionals as well as accreditation standards for agencies. Publishes Corrections Today and Corrections Compendium.
Learn more about the National Certified Counselor certification, as well as three other specialty certifications.
Learn more about this premiere conference for career development professionals.
This list of opportunities for professional development and continuing education provides detailed information for online, at-home, and national opportunities.
Networking site for training, employment, and conferences.
Read articles covering best practices, how-to details, career tips, and book reviews in NCDA's web magazine.
NCDA's official journal with articles covering career counseling, work and leisure, career education, coaching, and management.
Use this database, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, to find materials on the topic of career development. Just type your topic of interest in the Search Term: field.
Collects and publishes information on crime and criminal offenders at all levels of government.
Vistas is a collection of conference proceedings from past ACA, NCDA, and ACES Conferences. To view the publications, you must be an ACA member.
Professional organization for chaplains working with incarcerated individuals.
Addresses current issues and needs in correctional healthcare.
Learn more about NCDA's parent organization for professional counselors. ACA also includes the following related divisions:
Supports staff who work in the nation's jails.
Develops and promotes educational and professional opportunities for correctional food service staff.
Promotes standards and policy initiatives.
Professional organization for educators in correctional/juvenile settings.
A non-profit organization committed to building criminal justice careers.
The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals is the national voice and comprehensive training center for workforce development professionals.
The Society of Workforce Planning Professionals (SWPP) facilitates education and networking opportunities among workforce planners across all industries.