Michael Shahnasarian, Ph.D., founded Career Consultants of America, Inc., (CCA) on May 20, 1986. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the practice has since been providing services throughout North America and worldwide. Integrity, application of state-of-the-art science and best practices, and professionalism – these ideals have hallmarked CCA’s aim to offer the highest quality services the profession offers. Service, research, and training have been the bedrock upon which CCA established its practice over the past 30 years.
Welcome to Career Consultants of America, Inc.
People seeking private services, healthcare providers, organizations (both nonprofit and private sector), lawyers, and insurance companies are among Career Consultants of America’s clients. The services CCA provides include:
Career Development − CCA provides career development counseling services to facilitate decision making and planning for people in career transition.
Vocational Rehabilitation − CCA's vocational rehabilitation services include but are not limited to helping people with disabilities optimize their work potential. As needed, CCA provides vocational rehabilitation expert witness services in litigated matters.
Life Care Planning − CCA provides life care planning services for people who acquire disabling problems that require ongoing rehabilitation intervention.
Industrial Psychology/Organizational Psychology − CCA offers a wide variety of industrial and organizational psychology services including corporate selection and outplacement services.
Rehabilitation Psychology − Dr. Shahnasarian provides services at local hospitals; most of his hospital-based practice involves disability adjustment issues.
Forensic Consulting − Law firms representing plaintiffs and defendants retain CCA to evaluate case materials and/or individuals, and to testify, if necessary, as an expert witness in court proceedings or other legal forums.
Product Development − In accord with its practice ideal, CCA has a longstanding tradition of product development.
CCA’s research initiatives have focused on computer-assisted career guidance applications, assessment of earning capacity, and forensic issues related to claims of loss of earning capacity. Studies CCA conducted have been published in numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs, and books.
Data from the practice has had wide applications – including development of a standardized instrument used worldwide to evaluate claims of loss of earning capacity, establishing normative criteria for making corporate selection decisions, and the bases for a doctoral dissertation. The Social Security Administration selected CCA as one of four practices in the United States to participate in a 2-year pilot test project (Project Network) involving vocational and disability issues.
As a training venue, CCA has facilitated interns’ and residents’ development of administrative support, clinical, and research knowledge and skills necessary to advance their career development. Masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral interns and residents have satisfied graduate degree scholarship and clinical supervision requirements necessary to pursue advanced credentialing (i.e., specialty certifications and licensures) from their CCA experiences. Students from Amherst University, Duke University, Florida State University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have participated in CCA internships. CCA interns have gone on to study at institutions such as Harvard University, the London School of Economics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Vanderbilt University.