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Hope-Action Theory: the Presence
Information flows at unprecedented rates. Information access related to local, national, and global events is as simple as logging on to your favourite device. Work changes occur with similar rapidity as new technologies influence each worker’s life on a regular basis. Additionally, the nature of human development is such that we constantly evolve as we encounter countless learning experiences daily. These learning experiences can be positive, negative, or neutral, however, they shape what we believe to be true about ourselves (i.e., our self-concepts), which, in turn, shapes our career goals and plans.

The confluence of information access, new technologies, and our evolving self-concepts presents unique challenges for our career development. Workers need effective strategies for understanding the implications of work and self-concept changes. A key element in understanding these implications is to focus on “human being” rather than “human doing.” We do the latter very well. The former, however, is often confused with doing nothing and nothing could be further from the truth.

Focusing on human being includes engaging in mindfulness practices and regular self-reflection activities. These activities represent proven strategies for coping successfully with our evolving self-concepts. Practised daily, they become essential components of our personal career construction process. This session focuses on human being and connects self-reflection to career development through the application of Hope-Action Theory and applying techniques that foster meaningful career decisions.

Professional Standards Competency - Career Development Theory

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Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, ACT - 12:00
South Australia, Northern Territory - 11:30
Western Australia - 10:00


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Jun 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Dr Norman Amundson
Professor Emeritus @University of British Columbia
Norm has given numerous workshops and has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. In his writings, he emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, cultural awareness, positive affirmation, hope, and active engagement. He has authored many publications including a 2018 anniversary edition of his award-winning book, “Active Engagement”. Dr Amundson is currently working on several projects applying his active engagement approach to the current unemployment crisis. He has received many national and international awards for his work including an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Umea, Sweden.
Dr Spencer Niles
Professor of counselor education and co-director of the THRIVE Research and Intervention Center @William & Mary School of Education
Spencer served as dean of the William & Mary School of Education from 2013-2020. Prior to William & Mary, he was a distinguished professor and department head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Pennsylvania State University. He also served as director of the Center for the Study of Career Development and Public Policy at Penn State. Dr. Niles served as the president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and received the organization's Eminent Career Award. He has been named an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow and received the ACA's Thomas Hohenshil National Publication Award, Thomas Sweeney Visionary Leadership and Advocacy Award, and President's Award. He served as Editor for The Career Development Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling & Development and currently serves on numerous journal editorial boards. He has published over 140 articles and over 150 presentations at national and international conferences.
Andrea Fruhling
Founder of Doubleknot Works, Executive Director of the Hope-Action Group
Andrea is a Certified Organizational Coach (UBC), founder of Doubleknot Works, executive director of the Hope-Action Group, and mentor coach/instructor for the Organizational Coaching program at the University of British Columbia. In addition to a private coaching practice, Andrea develops and delivers blended learning courses for career practitioners and organizations all over the world, helping them find more creatively impactful ways to work with clients. Andrea’s work is practical and engaging with a focus on creativity, active, strengths-based learning, team engagement, and hope. In response to the Covid-19 unemployment crisis, Andrea joined an elite panel of career development professionals to provide content for Hope Central, a holistic system developed by Kuder, providing resources for displaced workers and the workforce development professionals supporting them.