Narrative career counselling: Theory and exemplars of practice

McIlveen, Peter F. & Patton, Wendy A. (2007) Narrative career counselling: Theory and exemplars of practice. Australian Psychologist, 42(3), pp. 226-235.

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This paper provides an overview of narrative career counselling, which is presented as a predominant variant of constructivism. Constructivist theories have relatively recently emerged as a significant force within vocational psychology and the practice of career counselling. The systems theory framework and the theory of career construction are introduced as theoretical frameworks amendable to constructivism and narrative career counselling. Although a stable definition of narrative career counselling cannot be presented at this stage in its theoretical and technical evolution, core theoretical tenets of this new approach to counselling are presented. Exemplars of the practice are described to provide an introductory account of the process of narrative career counselling. Some of the limitations of the approach are described along with a recommendation for the development of theory and research that adequately address counselling outcome and process.

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ID Code: 15047
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/00050060701405592
ISSN: 1742-9544
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Australian Psychologist 42(3):226-235]. [Australian Psychologist] is available online at informaworldTM with
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:33

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