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Career Thoughts Inventory

James P. Sampson, Jr., PhD, Gary W. Peterson, PhD, Janet G. Lenz, PhD, Robert C. Reardon, PhD, and Denise E. Saunders, PhD

Assists in career problem solving and decision making
Paper and pencil, Online administration and scoring via PARiConnect, E-Manual
Age range:
17 years to 83 years
7–15 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

A self-administered and objectively scored assessment, the CTI is designed to identify individuals who would benefit from counseling assistance to pinpoint the nature of their career problems.

Features and benefits

  • Helps individuals to identify, challenge, and alter negative career thoughts that interfere with effective career decision making.
  • The CTI yields a Total score (a single global indicator of negative thinking in career problem solving and decision making), as well as scores on three construct scales: Decision-Making Confusion, Commitment Anxiety, and External Conflict.
  • A learning resource, the CTI Workbook includes information and exercises designed to help your clients identify the number and nature of their negative career thoughts, challenge and alter these thoughts, and take concrete action to make career decisions.