This reaction to the major contribution (MC) “The Vocational Development of Offenders: Barriers, Interventions, and Implications for Social Justice” commends the authors for bringing an understudied and underdiscussed population to counseling psychologists. This reaction provides a contextual response to the MC in its entirety, as well as for the three articles comprising the MC. The authors are commended for educating readers about the complexities of correctional rehabilitation, emphasizing the role of work in the rehabilitation process to reduce criminal recidivism, and examining current vocational practices; however, this reaction provides practical suggestions for improving the integration of best correctional practices into vocational counseling, and provides suggestions for policy change. In addition, this reaction further emphasizes the necessity of counseling psychologists’ involvement in offender rehabilitation.
- vocational psychology