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Summer 2013

Career Counselling & Mental Health: Bridging the Gap

As career professionals, we encounter a large number of people with some kind of mental health issue, yet most of us do not have any specific training in the mental health field. This can lead to feelings of ineffectiveness and frustration. A well-publicized statistic is that one in five people experience some form of mental health issue in their life. As such, it’s not surprising that many of our... Read More »

Defying the Odds: People with Mental Health Disorders Who Choose a Career in a Helping Profession

One out of five Canadians (according to Health Canada) will suffer from a mental health disorder at some time in their lives. That’s a lot of people, all around us. These individuals are found in every age group and at every socioeconomic level. They use employment assistance or career services. You will encounter them regularly in your office. Maybe you have noticed that a considerable proportion... Read More »

The Elephant in the Career Centre: Mental Health and Job Search

We have all been there at one time, had a client who wouldn’t engage in your sessions. They sure can convince you, when they are sitting there in your office, that they are motivated to work on their job search. But then, they don’t show up for your next appointment, or, if they do, they come with nothing accomplished in their job search. They might refuse to attend workshops and if they do, they ... Read More »

Change from Within – Career Practitioners and Mental Health

For the last two years, a research project funded by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) has been underway in Nova Scotia, exploring what career practitioners need to know to support clients with mental health challenges. The project collected data from mental health consumers and career practitioners who provided a balanced perspective on the challenges faced in ... Read More »

Career Professionals a Critical Link to Employment for Clients with Mental Health Challenges

Career development professionals recognize they are missing skills and knowledge to effectively support an increasing number of clients with mental illness in their job search and career planning, according to a new CERIC-funded project report. The report, entitled Charting the Course: Mapping the Career Practitioner Role in Supporting People with Mental Health Challenges, assesses the stigma clie... Read More »

Being a Mindful Employer

Helping employers to support staff with psychological and mental health conditions “The vision for a psychologically healthy and safe workplace is one that actively works to prevent harm to worker psychological health, including in negligent, reckless, or intentional ways, and promotes psychological well-being.” Such is the ambition of a new National Standard of Canada: Psychological health and sa... Read More »

Culture-Infused Career Counselling: A Model for Counsellors and Clients

  After working with thousands of clients in career counselling over the years, I am grateful for the lessons they have taught me about using theory in practice. Sometimes I thought that my theoretical orientation really supported clients well in their career exploration and decision-making. However, there were other times when I was left feeling unsure about whether or not some clients with ... Read More »

Hiring in the Cloud: How One Non-Profit Uses Technology to Hire in the Digital Age

Conducting a hire can be resource-intensive, especially for a small not-for-profit. At Framework, we are a team of six who run 12 Timeraiser events across Canada. The demands of this programming mean that we have limited time to dedicate to hiring new staff. We are constantly looking for ways to make ourselves more efficient, collaborative and transparent to our stakeholders. In pursuit of these g... Read More »

Career Briefs

National Challenge seeks ideas to promote career development in Canada In recognition of CERIC’s 10th anniversary, The Counselling Foundation of Canada is launching an online competition this summer to solicit ideas and create a national dialogue that can enhance and promote the image of career development in Canada. The results of a national survey commissioned by CERIC about the Canadian workpla... Read More »

10 Questions for Jennifer

  Jennifer Browne is the Director of Career Development & Experiential Learning at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has worked in the area of career development in both community/non-profit and post-secondary settings.   In one sentence, describe why career development matters. Dr Ken Robinson said, “People who love what they do often describe themselves as lucky.”... Read More »

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