Purpose Clarity® Program

This 5 step program is ideal for anyone wrestling with a life transition, trying to make a critical career decision, or craving more meaning in life. It helps people identify their top 40 skills and interests, brainstorm new directions, develop a concise description of their purpose, and create a plan to bring a new found purpose to life. It is ideal for both groups and individuals.

The Purpose Clarity Program is a versatile program that helps you work with a wide variety of people including those who are:

Wrestling with a life situation or transition – Your clients may be:

  • Going through a major life transition, a personal awakening, or reinventing themselves after an illness, divorce, job loss, relocation, or disaster
  • Reclaiming/rediscovering their identify
  • Identifying their future direction now that they aren't working
  • Dealing with changes in the composition of their family - empty nesters, parents of boomerang children

Trying to make a critical career decision - Your clients may be:

  • Graduating seniors or recent graduates
  • Seeking a job or changing careers
  • Returning to work after a stint of stay-at-home parenting, care giving, or illness
  • Evaluating their retirement options
  • Relocating military spouse or military personnel re-entering the civilian world

Deciding about your academic future -Your clients may be:

  • Trying to declare a major
  • Figuring out what graduate school program to apply to
  • Making a decision to return to school

In this training, you will experience the program personally and also guide a practice client through the process. Upon completion, you will be certified as a Purpose Clarity Coach and have access to share the materials with your clients. In addition to the class hours, you will have 1 – 2 hours of homework per week and you will be working with a practice client 1 hour per week.

The Purpose Clarity Program was developed by Carol McClelland PhD, who also created the Seasons of Change Training Program for Professionals She is the author of Your Dream Career for Dummies, Green Career for Dummies, and The Seasons of Change: Using Nature’s Wisdom to Grow through Life’s Inevitable Ups and Downs. She is also the founder and director

Frequency:  This course is offered twice a year.

Course Prerequisites

During this eight week course, you'll work with one practice "client." These "clients" can be people you are already working with in your practice, friends and family members, or colleagues. Your practice client needs to be committed and ready to go before the course begins.

The key is to find an individual who fits the following criteria:

  1. They are in a transition of some kind and seeking clarity in their future direction--personally, professionally or scholastically.
  2. They are willing to talk with you about their transition in depth.
  3. They can meet with you once a week either in person or by phone.
  4. They are willing to commit to 8 conversations of 60 minutes.
  5. They are willing to have their situation discussed as a case study during the training - without mention of their names.
  6. They are not involved in several acute transitions simultaneously– relocating, having a baby, getting married, going on vacation, etc.


If the point is to get to your purpose, here's the bottom line –this program works! Through carefully selected exercises that build on each other, clients go from confusion to clarity. I look forward to using this model more.
- Carolyn S.
Karin Marcus is an outstanding trainer!! I cannot emphasize this enough. I really like her style and her pace. I have taken courses from her in the past and will take them again. I hold her wisdom and skills in high regard. Carol McClelland's brain children - Purpose Clarity and Seasons of Change- are both godsends to this earth. I feel so lucky to have found both of these talented mentors. Keep them around! They are good!
- La Ronda Z.