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    Guidance & Counselling Student / Practitioner Forum October 2014

    The latest meeting of the Guidance & Counselling / practitioner forum took place on Tuesday 21st October 

    All three years of students on the Guidance and Counselling programme at Northumbria University  were invited together with local practitioners involved with guidance and counselling work.

    The format of the session was

    1.  A short presentation on Pluralistic Approaches to Guidance and Counselling by Peter Beven. This is based on work undertaken on a recent sabbatical research
    2. Research / practice round up with contributions from staff and students
    3. Discussions in small groups about specific  guidance and counselling issues
    4. There was also discussion about volunteer opportunities with agencies and organisations, specifically Barnardos.
    5. Also some very good news about professional recognition of the guidance and counselling programme!

    Here is a link to the presentation slides


    Presentation in Quebec City, Canada, 2014

    Peter Beven presented a research paper at the annual conference of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance association in June 2014 in Quebec City, Canada.

    Further details available here

     It is argued that motivation to develop career management skills is affected by external factors, perceived extrinsic pressures and internal, intrinsic attitudes toward change (Deci and Ryan, 2013) . Motivational interviewing is a client centred approach with directive elements designed to help clients explore ambivalence about change. It is argued that significant changes can be encouraged by appropriate use of interpersonal skills within guidance settings. Motivational Interviewing as developed by Miller and Rollnick (2013) originally derived from work undertaken in the field of substance abuse. Since the publication of Miller and Rollnick’s original major text there has been research and development of practice of the approach to address a broader range of issues where behaviour change is an issue to be addressed. These adaptations of motivational interviewing have demonstrated great potential in broader health related consultations and in criminal justice settings (Spiller and Guelfi, 2007). This presentation suggests ways in which the key features of the motivational interviewing approach may be applied in career education and guidance settings, especially in situations where clients are involuntary, or presenting with multiple issues and difficulties. It builds on earlier work of the author (Beven, 2009).
    It is also suggested that the use of revised measures of assessment based upon careful monitoring of client language in interviews can be a useful aid to measure client progress and development, and interviewer competence.


    The Empathic Civilisation

    This video from the RSA Animate series is an interesting take on applying the concept of empathy across society. 

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