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Why Does Theory Matter?

  Career development practitioners are, as their title implies, “practitioners.” They do things with and for people, to help their clients set and achieve career and employment-related goals. They are not primarily engaged as researchers, theorists, scientists, or philosophers. Past surveys have revealed that many don’t understand the relevance of studying about career theories and/or […]... Read More
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Ethical Considerations: Dual Relationships

I build in discussions about ethics into most of the courses I design. Within our Career Management Professional Program and also the various Master of Counselling programs that I teach in, there are whole courses devoted to the topic. Each professional association that I belong to has a Code of Ethics; however, outside of those […]... Read More
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Theoretical Musings . . .

According to Oxford Dictionaries, theories serve multiple purposes: “to explain something,” to offer “principles on which . . . practice . . . is based,” and “to account for a situation or justify a course of action.” For Career Development Practitioners (CDPs), as well as for other helping professionals, theory is essential to our practice. […]... Read More
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Beyond “Career” Engagement: A Model for Other Life Roles?

Hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, is known for saying that he “skated to where the puck was going to be.” I’m feeling a bit like that right now with the Career Engagement model that Deirdre Pickerell and I co-developed in 2011. Although the model immediately resonated with people back then, and we’ve since conducted research and […]... Read More
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Embracing Diversity: Do You Have to Be One to Help One?

I have had the privilege of working onsite on 6 continents and, through e-teaching from my home office in Canada, engaging with students from all over the world. Over 15 years ago, in a philosophy course in my PhD program, a professor encouraged me to examine whether it was necessary to match counsellors and clients […]... Read More
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Why Research Matters

I attended a meeting today that left me feeling sad – an organization that I work with chose to disband their Research and Development Committee, a group of department leaders who, individually, were committed researchers but collectively couldn’t find a way to build a research culture within the institution. Ironically, I was already writing this […]... Read More