Friday, 21 December 2012

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a career counselling strategy

an article by P. Nancey Hoare, Peter McIlveen and Nadine Hamilton (University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia) published in International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance Volume 12 Issue 3 (October 2012)


Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has potential to contribute to career counselling. In this paper, the theoretical tenets of ACT and a selection of its counselling techniques are over-viewed along with a descriptive case vignette.

There is limited empirical research into ACT’s application in career counselling. Accordingly, a research agenda is presented for the aim of integrating ACT with career counselling.

This agenda includes suggestions for addressing conceptual convergence, practitioners’ perspectives, counselling processes, measurement of impact, and applications in counselling.

Hazel’s comment:
ACT is often used in mental health counselling to get people to understand that what has happened to them in life has happened to them not been caused by them being a bad person. I have not previously heard of this being used in career counselling.
I learn something new every day in the writing of this blog!

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