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MARK I. SAVICKAS, PhD: Opening Keynote
Monday, January 25: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Title: Career as Story: Using Life Themes in Counselling
Many counsellors are creating an innovation in their practices by shifting concentration from fostering career development to fostering development through work and relationships. This shift in practice has been prompted by changes in the social organization of work and occupations. To respond to these changes, some counsellors have turned to narrative models and methods because this approach emphasizes life design rather than occupational choice. Looking at lives as novels being written focuses attention on the themes that activate and characterize individuals in both the work and partnership/family domains. From this narrative perspective, vocational interests are solutions to problems that people have experienced and work is an opportunity to actively master what has been passively suffered. This narrative approach to career counselling enables clients to fit work into their lives, rather than fit themselves to jobs. Thus, psychosocial mattering replaces occupational congruence as the goal of advising and counselling. This presentation will discuss and demonstrate practical techniques for using stories and articulating life themes to foster educational and career decision making. Participants will learn how to integrate these techniques into their ongoing practice and may even use the techniques to better understand why they became advisors and counsellors and how their own occupations allow them to advance their own life stories.
MARK I. SAVICKAS, PhD: Biography
Mark Savickas is professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education at Kent State University. He also serves as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at Vrije University in Belgium where he chairs the Life Design International Research Team and as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business at Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
His 80 articles, 40 book chapters, and 500 presentations to professional groups have dealt with vocational behavior and career counseling. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance and President–Elect of the Counseling Psychology Division in the International Association of Applied Psychology.
He has served as editor for the Career Development Quarterly (1991-1998) and is currently editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior (1999-to the present). He edited Convergence in Career Development Theories (1994 with R. Lent), Handbook of Career Counseling Theory and Practice (1996 with B. Walsh), Vocational Interests (1999 with A. Spokane), and the Handbook of Vocational Psychology -3rd ed (2005). He has received the John L. Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research from the Counseling Psychology Division (17) of the American Psychological Association and the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association. He is a fellow of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the National Career Development Association. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).