Life themes in career counselling

McIlveen, Peter ORCID: (2011) Life themes in career counselling. In: Career counseling and constructivism: elaboration of constructs. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, NY. United States, pp. 73-85. ISBN 978-1-61761-330-2


This chapter addresses life themes in career counselling. Life themes are conceptualised as significant dimensions of career, subjectively and objectively understood. The chapter includes a brief overview of the notion of life themes with reference to classical theories that have long-held life themes as a core theoretical dimension. A dialogical approach to career counselling for life themes is presented. The approach is based upon the Theory of Dialogical Self and Systems Theory Framework of career development and holds that facilitated conversations with self and others, real or imagined, are a primary site for the exploration and construction of life themes in career counselling. Application of two constructivist career assessment and counselling tools, Career Systems Interview and My Career Chapter, is demonstrated in relation to the case of John. It is concluded that this approach offers an alternative for constructivist career counselling for life themes.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2011 01:11
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 06:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: career counselling, dialogical; My Career Chapter; career systems interview
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390404 Educational counselling
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified

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