The CTI is a self-administered and objectively scored assessment designed to improve the effectiveness of career counselling and guidance for adults, college students, and high school students. The CTI can be used to identify an individual who is likely to need counselling assistance; to identify the nature of an individual’s career problems; and to help an individual identify, challenge, and alter negative career thoughts that interfere with effective career decisions making. Clients complete the CTI Test Booklet, responding to each of the 48 items using a 4-point rating scale (Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree). The CTI yields a CTI Total score (a single global indicator of negative thinking in career problem solving and decision making) as well as scores on 3 construct scales:
1. Decision-Making Confusion (14 items). This scale reflects an inability to initiate or sustain the decision-making process as a result of disabling emotions and/or a lack of understanding about the decision-making process itself.
2. Commitment Anxiety (10 items). This scale reflects an inability to make a commitment to a specific career choice, accompanied by generalized anxiety about the outcome of the decision-making process that perpetuates the indecision.
3. External Conflict (5 items). This scale reflects an inability to balance the importance of one’s own self-perception with the importance of input from significant others, resulting in a reluctance to assume responsibility for decision making.
The CTI Workbook helps clients to understand the nature of their negative thoughts as well as how much help they are likely to need in order to make effective use of career services. The Workbook is also useful in counselling interventions to help individuals challenge and alter specific negative thoughts. A decision-making checklist, included in the Workbook, indicates useful areas for specific instruction in career decision making. In evaluation, the CTI provides a measure of learning outcomes associated with various counselling and guidance interventions.