Larger Image

E-BOOK - Designing and Implementing Career Interventions

A Handbook for Effective Practice, 2nd Edition

Author/Editor: James P. Sampson, Jr. and Janet G. Lenz

Year: 2023

Authors: James P. Sampson, Jr. and Janet G. Lenz

Are you interested in earning CEs for reading this publication? You can save when you bundle your purchase with a new learning course. Visit The Hub to learn how or get registered for the course.

The purpose of this Handbook is to stimulate discussion among senior managers, managers, practitioners, administrative staff, collaborating partners, and stakeholders about how staff members can make the most effective use of their time in implementing changes in the design and delivery of career interventions for adolescents and adults who need assistance in making educational, occupational, and employment decisions. Following this eight-step model implementation plan, Handbook users will first explore the nature of career interventions, sample theoretical applications, and evaluation and accountability strategies. The relevance of cultural and national factors and extensive appendices can be used in supporting a diverse group of individuals worldwide in implementing career interventions.

This new edition makes an important change in terminology from career programs to career interventions. The content of the second edition has been revised to be more focused, current, and usable. While reducing emphasis on CIP theory, the implementation model is enhanced with an exploration of the role of collaborating partners/stakeholders, organizational size, and the impact of intervention fidelity. More links have been added, making the ebook especially helpful. Along with the appendices, updated PowerPoint presentations are provided to assist in training others on the Handbooks’ content and application of the model.

View the Table of Contents

Read the review in Career Convergence

Looking for the print book?

Watch the webinar: Strategies for Effective Implementation of Career Interventions.


Read the testimonials:

Sampson and Lenz have captured the essence of how to design and implement career interventions effectively. In this second edition, they responsively address a myriad of feedback to improve upon their already rigorous model, such as building in more information on fidelity and validity to enhance their evidence base and future outcomes. Particularly noteworthy in this regard, among others, is their chapter on Evaluation and Accountability, in which they provide a comprehensive description of the types and sources of data, as well as different types of evaluation and their respective purposes and stakeholder groups. In their Successful Strategies chapter, they skillfully navigate the nature of change in the context of leadership and other personnel issues. Here, they also discuss critical cultural and national contexts in order to further navigate and apply their Implementation Model with appropriate sensitivity to multicultural similarity and diversity. In closing, Sampson and Lenz provide practical tools to guide users in their application of the Model’s eight steps.

Sylvia Nassar, Ph.D., LCMHC, NCC
Professor of Counselor Education
North Carolina State University


In this second edition, Sampson and Lenz reveal their deep expertise and experience in helping to design and implement career interventions across a variety of settings, including Florida State University’s premier career center. This monograph offers step-by-step instruction to schools, agencies, and colleges on how to design, implement, and evaluate their own career interventions. The authors describe how to incorporate cognitive information processing and RIASEC theory into career intervention design, and present ideas on how to build capacity within the organization to implement career interventions with quality and fidelity.

V. Scott H. Solberg, PhD
Professor, Boston University
CoDirector, BU Center for Future Readiness
VP for Research, Coalition for Career Development Center


Countries vary widely in how career development services are organised, coordinated, funded, delivered, and structured. Recent international mutual policy learning has proved, that a shared understanding of key concepts and system features among users, practitioners, stakeholders, collaborating partners and policy makers promote continuity and consistency of lifelong career development practices and policies. Both from policy and delivery perspectives this also helps to overcome fragmentation and duplication of efforts and thus promote efficiency of investments in career development services while taking into account the benefits of individuals and groups. However, in enhancing the systems and policies a consistent implementation model is needed to facilitate positive change and realistic achievable action plans. This handbook can be used to bring together the existing resources, produce new and more effective practices as well as new kinds of understanding and common conceptual tools. It is an invaluable reference document for the global career development community.

Raimo Vuorinen, Ph.D
IAEVG Vice-President, 2012-2019
ELGPN Co-ordinator 2007-15
ICCDPP Board Member 2005-22


Author bios:

James P. Sampson, Jr., Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development at Florida State University ( He is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems. He writes and speaks on the appropriate use of computer technology in counseling, on the use of cognitive strategies in the design and delivery of career interventions, and on the integration of theory, research, and practice. In addition to the United States, he has presented or consulted in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and Turkey. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Dr. Sampson is an NCDA Eminent Career Award winner and an NCDA Fellow. He is also an Overseas Fellow of the National Institute for Careers Education and counselling in Cambridge England, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Adult Learning of the Singapore University of Social Sciences. He can be reached at


Janet G. Lenz, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development at Florida State University ( Previously she was an Associate-In faculty member in Florida State’s Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (EPLS), and the Career Center’s Program Director for Instruction, Research, and Evaluation. She also served as the FSU Career Center’s Program Director for Career Advising and Counseling. Dr. Lenz is a past-president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), an NCDA Eminent Career Award winner, and an NCDA Fellow. She is a Certified Career Counselor and a Career Development Facilitator Instructor. She writes and speaks on the application of career theory to practice, integration of career and mental health issues, and the design and delivery of career interventions. In addition to making numerous presentations across the United States, she has presented or consulted in Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, New Zealand, and Tasmania. She can reached at

Stock#: 906.5  Mfr#: 978-1-885333-66-7


Printer-Friendly Version

Featured Product