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ERIC Number: EJ891529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Unconscious Processes in a Career Counselling Case: An Action-Theoretical Perspective
Dyer, Brenda; Pizzorno, Maria Chiara; Qu, Kejia; Valach, Ladislav; Marshall, Sheila K.; Young, Richard A.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v38 n3 p343-362 Aug 2010
Although clients and counselors can often account for their actions in counselling, sometimes the link between the action taken and the larger goal is not apparent. This article accounts for counterproductive, paradoxical actions within the counselling process by addressing unconscious processes as links between immediate actions and larger projects. A career counselling case is presented, the data of which were gathered and analysed through the action-project method. This method includes a video-supported recall procedure, called the self-confrontation interview, as a research and practice means of accessing unconscious aspects of the inter-subjective action of counselling. The complexity of career counselling is illustrated as multiple goals and projects, both conscious and unconscious, are manifest in a single session. Implications for practice include the primacy of the relationship project in career counselling as the relationship project not only contains but reflects other projects such as identity and vocational projects. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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