Presentation in Quebec City, Canada, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:01AM
Peter Beven

Peter Beven presented a research paper at the annual conference of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance association in June 2014 in Quebec City, Canada.

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 It is argued that motivation to develop career management skills is affected by external factors, perceived extrinsic pressures and internal, intrinsic attitudes toward change (Deci and Ryan, 2013) . Motivational interviewing is a client centred approach with directive elements designed to help clients explore ambivalence about change. It is argued that significant changes can be encouraged by appropriate use of interpersonal skills within guidance settings. Motivational Interviewing as developed by Miller and Rollnick (2013) originally derived from work undertaken in the field of substance abuse. Since the publication of Miller and Rollnick’s original major text there has been research and development of practice of the approach to address a broader range of issues where behaviour change is an issue to be addressed. These adaptations of motivational interviewing have demonstrated great potential in broader health related consultations and in criminal justice settings (Spiller and Guelfi, 2007). This presentation suggests ways in which the key features of the motivational interviewing approach may be applied in career education and guidance settings, especially in situations where clients are involuntary, or presenting with multiple issues and difficulties. It builds on earlier work of the author (Beven, 2009).
It is also suggested that the use of revised measures of assessment based upon careful monitoring of client language in interviews can be a useful aid to measure client progress and development, and interviewer competence.

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