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The Systems Theory Framework: A Conceptual and Practical Map for Career Practitioners
Since its first publication over a quarter of a century ago, the Systems Theory Framework (STF) has been offering insight into career development work for practitioners from many countries.

As a metatheoretical framework, the STF provides a map of a myriad of influences on career development, some of which have been explained by career theories. Some of these influences however, have not been taken into account by career theories and may be accounted for through the stories told by individuals in career development practices such as career counselling.

STF based career practices emphasise an ‘individual in context’ approach based on storytelling and assisted by the tools of systems thinking, systems mapping, and systems questions. This webinar will overview the STF and its applications.

Participants will leave the webinar with a better understanding of the STF and suggestions about how to apply it in their career development work.

Professional Standards Competency - Career Development Theory

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Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, ACT - 14:00
South Australia, Northern Territory - 13:30
Western Australia - 12:00


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Sep 23, 2021 02:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Mary McMahon
Honorary Associate Professor @The University of Queensland
Mary McMahon is an Honorary Associate Professor at The University of Queensland, School of Education. Mary is a developer and co-author (with Wendy Patton) of the holistic Systems Theory Framework of career development which is applied in research and practice through narrative and systems approaches to career counselling and assessment. In 2021, the fourth edition of Mary’s co-authored book (with Wendy Patton) on systems theory and career theory and practice was published. Mary received the 2020 European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling award for distinguished contributions to vocational designing and career counselling and the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asia Pacific Career Development Association.
Wendy Patton
Emeritus Professor @Queensland University of Technology
Wendy Patton is Emeritus Professor at the Queensland University of Technology. She has published extensively in the area of career development and is currently on the editorial advisory boards of a number of national and international career development journals. She is the Foundation Editor of the Sense (now Brill) Publishers’ Career Development Series. Her most recent publications include a sole authored history of career development in Australia published in 2019, and the 4th edition of her co-authored (with Mary McMahon) book on career theory and systems theory which has just been published.