Solution Focused Therapy

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Counselling Psychology Quarterly, June 2006; 19(2): 189–203 THEORY AND PRACTICE Applying the principles and techniques of solution-focused therapy to career counselling REBECCA BURWELL & CHARLES P. CHEN University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Abstract Career counselling aims to help clients become more effective agents in solving problems in their vocational aspects of life. To achieve this goal, theorists and practitioners are called upon to form useful helping approaches that can help clients in a more efficient and effective manner. This article proposes an alternative model toward this end by considering and adopting principles and techniques from the solution-focused therapy in career counselling practice. After a very brief introduction of the basic features of the solution-focused counselling, the paper reviews some key theoretical principles of the solution-focused therapy, and connects these principles to career counselling context. It then illustrates several solution-focused counselling techniques that are particularly applicable to career counselling intervention. Keywords: Solution-focused therapy, career counselling, career development theories, effective problem solving, integrating counselling approaches Introduction The ultimate purpose of career counselling is about helping clients become more effective agents in solving problems in their vocational aspects of life. The theoretical roots of problem solving can be traced back to a century ago when Frank Parsons (1909) contributed his pioneering theoretical premises to career development and counselling – known as vocational guidance at the time. According to Parsons (1909), vocational problem solving is best achieved through a rational reasoning between knowing one’s self-related traits and the demands of the world of work. This very same ideology has guided the career development
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