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2018 APCDA Conference

Richard A. Young, EdD, is a counseling professor at the University of British Columbia who has extended the application of action theory to topics in career development, transition to adulthood, and, particularly, parent-adolescent communication. The action-theory approach to career counseling provides a conceptual framework that is close to human experience and our understanding of this experience. Among the specific practice implications are the following:

  1. Clients are encouraged to make sense of their actions—they are interpreters. Intentionality and goal-directedness are two constructs they use to interpret their actions. Narrative is often a helpful way clients can make sense of their actions.
  2. Counselors recognize that interpretation occurs in social settings, that is, between clients, their peers, families, employers, or teachers.
  3. A self-confrontation method can be used to access the client's conscious thoughts and feelings that accompany career-related actions. This method helps clients see themselves in action, aids them as they process their thoughts and feelings, and enables them to receive feedback. It integrates cognition, emotion, and action in a conceptual and practical manner.

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Dates to Remember

May 15-19, 2018 APCDA Conference, Tsinghua University and New Elite Development Program, Beijing, China
June 21-23, 2018 NCDA Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
Oct 2-4, 2018 IAEVG International Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden
May 21-25, 2019 APCDA Conference, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Mar 10-15, 2020 APCDA Conference, Delhi, India

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