Kindness and Respect

FOCUS ON: The Respectful Model A counseling relationship can progress ethically and holistically when the multidimensionality of the client is recognized. The Respectful Model offers ten factors that influence the client’s psychological development and personal well-being, from “Religious” and “Economic” to “Unique” and “Location” (hence the acronym RESPECTFUL is revealed). Read more about the model […]

Metaphorically Speaking

FOCUS ON: Defining Terms in the Field of Career Counseling One key to using language as a tool is to determine that the terms being used communicate the same meaning to the entire audience. Typically, for definitions we look in dictionary – but which one fits our field? In the past, many practitioners used the […]

Staying Upbeat

  FOCUS ON: Positive Psychology Hope can vanish if there is no intentional effort to stay upbeat. Optimistic leaders operationalize tactics to keep others from being dragged down. Try sharing positive stories, focusing outward, doing something fun and taking time to create to make things better. Read more tactics and behavorial changes here.  FOR PRACTITIONERS: Vital […]

Work As Identity

FOCUS ON: A Healthy Connection After Retirement or Unemployment Retirement? Your clients may be worrying about leaving the work force at the end of their current career. Of course they may miss being involved in their profession, but they have options for not losing their identity. Encourage them to try something new, establish friendships outside […]

Working for a Purpose

FOCUS ON: Making Decisions with a Purpose Unconscious decisions are knee-jerk reactions controlled by everyday biases. While biases can take advantage of mental shortcuts and occasionally lead to efficient decisions, more valuable information is being ignored. People who want to make well-thought out purposeful decisions may need to learn to overcome biases involving availability, confirmation, […]

Fulfillment

FOCUS ON: Encouraging Fulfillment at the Corporate Level Seeking a sense of satisfaction from work does not only come from the tasks at hand, but also from the environment in which it’s created, according to at least one company. Brazil’s Semco Group has made a dedicated effort to embrace a spirit of experimentation that allows […]