ERIC Number: ED404588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Model for Group Employment Counseling. ERIC Digest.
Borgen, William A.
Due to ongoing changes in the labor market, groups that assist people in developing or changing career directions are particularly important. This digest outlines some features of employment group counseling. Research has shown that the unemployed face numerous factors, such as job rejections and financial pressures, that can hinder the job search. Such hindrances can be addressed in a group context, in which there are opportunities for support and meaningful exchange with others. Studies of such groups show that timing of the group experience is important. The goal of these groups is to help people develop communication skills, give them information about the current economic climate and labor market opportunities, and help them develop sufficient self-confidence to be more self-sustaining in pursuing their goals. One such model addresses these goals by allowing the group goals and activities to define the purpose of the group. Members' needs and roles are then developed from two sources: needs related to the career challenges of members, and needs related to being a group member. Group design is thus established so that group activities are congruent with both group purpose and the stage of group development. Such a model remains fluid and dynamic. (RJM)
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).