Career Counselling: Constructivist Approaches by Mary McMahon

By Mary McMahon

In a altering employment weather and with the expansion of call for for careers advice in any respect phases of existence, careers tips perform has moved from its positivist global view, with the counsellor as specialist and customer as passive responder, to extra holistic ‘constructivist’ ways. In essence, those methods view the occupation as a holistic suggestion during which paintings and private lifestyles are inextricably intertwined, and people are specialists of their personal lives, actively developing their careers. the 1st to totally discover the constructivist process, this e-book: offers a theoretical historical past to constructivism outlines a number constructivist methods to profession counselling offers examples of the sensible software of constructivism. crucial for someone excited about profession tips wishing to profit extra approximately this important new procedure, this booklet combines conception with attainable counsel, and represents a brand new course for profession counselling.

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This is easier said than done, especially if we have studied a lot about a site. When we enter a sacred area thinking we KNOW things about the site or culture or have expectations about what we might learn there, we become closed to a multitude of messages. Also what we hear may directly contradict what authorities have been telling us. To hear a sacred site we must enter a site in a state of not knowing, innocence with childlike curiosity (p. 1). Further, she suggests that we enter the sacred site with no expectations as to outcome, and that in a state of innocence, wonder and curiosity we allow the message to come to us.

Many established theoretical models seem narrow, overly classified and at odds with the dynamic realities of real lives in a rapidly changing world. Constructivist approaches appear to offer alternate ways to understand the diverse meanings given to behaviour and action. Constructivist, interpretive, narrative and biographical approaches emphasise the need to explore “meaning” and perceptions of “truth” from the client’s worldview. Such approaches score highly in terms of truthfulness as lives, pre-occupations, context and subjective experience are placed in the foreground.

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