Author(s): The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Publisher: CERIC (Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling)
A beautiful and fascinating work, this historical overview of career counselling in Canada begins at the turn of the last century and carefully documents the movements and working lives of Canadians through 11 chapters up until the present day. In the words of Vance Peavy: “when the lives of people change, then things like counselling must also change, in order to be appropriate and sensible in the new context.”
Based on transcripts from hundreds of hours of interviews commissioned from career counsellors across Canada, the milestones and accomplishments of the community are richly supported by intriguing photographs and informative biographical anecdotes. The influences of politicians, economics, education and communities are duly noted, but it is the stories of dedicated individuals which are truly inspiring. If names like Etta St. John Wileman, Frank Lawson, Morgan Parmenter and Gerald Cosgrave are unfamiliar, this book will enlighten as the entire matrix of career development and counselling in Canada is covered from coast to coast, with emphasis on the individuals who gave birth to the ideas and institutions we have today.
The dawn of co-operative education, national policies, vocational guidance and the introduction of applied psychology, as well as the struggle for professional legitimacy are thoroughly covered in this highly enjoyable journey through counselling history. Finishing with a look forward to the implications of technology in career development as a profession and the evolving national community, A Coming of Age stands alone as an important part of Canadian social history. Well-written, well-researched and well worth the time, this book will intrigue counsellors, historians and anyone interested in the development of Canadian Society.
Review by: James Vandervoort – Practicum Student with ContactPoint – George Brown College (2002), Career & Work Counsellor Program