Due to the increasing demand for career guidance in recent years, career counsellors have been challenged to modernise their practice. As a response to the rapidly changing world of work, with more diverse client groups and more complex and challenging issues facing career counsellors, the field has moved strongly towards the greater adoption of constructivist approaches. The 2nd edition of this ground breaking book is a forward-looking guide, giving further insight into the constructivist approach for the 21st century by:
providing a theoretical background to constructivism;
alerting readers to a range of cultural considerations related to constructivist career counselling;
outlining a range of constructivist approaches to career counselling;
providing examples of practical applications of the constructivist approaches presented in the book; and
assisting career counsellor educators, practitioners and students understand and implement constructivist approaches into their work.
With contributions from an internationally recognised panel of authors from ten different countries, Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches treats career as a holistic concept in which work and personal life are inseparably intertwined, and individuals as experts in their own lives and in actively constructing their careers. Structured into four logical sections, this 2nd edition attests to the ongoing influence of constructivism internationally and the continued development and refinement of constructivist approaches to career counselling.
Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches is essential reading for career counsellor educators, practitioners, researchers and students who want a refreshing insight into constructivist career counselling.
Mary McMahon is Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia, where she teaches career development theory and narrative career counselling.
1 Constructivism: What does it mean for career counselling? 2 Working with storytellers: A metaphor for career counselling 3 Usefulness and truthfulness: Reviewing the limitations and promoting the benefits of constructivist approaches for career counselling PART 2 Constructivism, Culture and Career Counselling 4 Career constructivism and culture: Deconstructing and reconstructing career counselling 5 Constructivist approaches to career counselling: A culture-infused perspective 6 Implementing a qualitative (narrative) approach in cross-cultural career counselling 7 Contexts and circumstances: The cultural preparation process approach to career development PART 3 Constructivist Approaches to Career Counselling 8 The storied approach 9 Active Engagement and the influence of constructivism 10 The Systems Theory Framework: A conceptual and practical map for story telling in career counselling 11 Solution-focused career counselling 12 Sociodynamic career counselling: Constructivist practice of wisdom 13 Dialogical self: Co-investigator in career self-research 14 Exploring life and working experiences for self-construction 15 The theory and practice of career construction 16 Career counselling as and about goal-directed human action 17 Chaos and constructivism: Counselling for career development in a complex and changing world 18 Constructivism in online career counselling 19 Creativity and constructivist career counselling PART 4 Constructivist Career Assessment 20 Qualitative career assessment 21 Card sorts: A constructivist approach to career exploration 22 Bridging quantitative and qualitative career assessment: The Integrative Structured Interview process 23 The rise of constructivist career counselling: A reflection