ERIC Number: ED399486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Career Counseling for Native Youth: What Kind and by Whom?: ERIC Digest.
Peavy, R. Vance
It is essential for career counselors working with Canadian Native youth to be cognizant of Native communication patterns, which include non-intrusive listening, story-telling, patience, and respect for family influences. Native students and their parents want non-biased treatment, information, and guidance from counselors so as to ensure both successful navigation of the school culture and transition to worklife. There is a great deal of diversity among Native groups. Counselors must not fall into the trap of seeing all Natives as the same, or as "different in the same ways." A counselor's best tools are: knowledge of Native culture and protocol; a personal, informal, and accessible counseling style; useful knowledge about the school and work; humor, patience, respect for world-views (including balance, harmony, spirituality and non-intrusiveness); and an ability to relate to native youth on the basis of their strengths and successes, rather than their failures and deficits. Contains seven references. (RB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada