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The Euroguidance Network

October 2009

In this edition:

IAEVG in Jyväskylä: from story-telling to outcome-focused frameworks

The IAEVG conference Coherence, Co-operation and Quality in Guidance and Counselling was organised in Jyväskylä, Finland, on 3-5 June 2009. Despite the coldest weather experienced in Finland in June in 60 years, the conference was a vivid meeting place for guidance practitioners from various countries – amongst them several Euroguidance colleagues.

Here are some of my personal “highlights” from the conference; you can have a closer look on the programme and on the presentations at http://ktl.jyu.fi/ktl/iaevg2009fin/

Bryan Hiebert
Bryan Hiebert at the IAEVG conference in Jyväskylä.

In his keynote lecture 'Translating Career Theory to Practice: The Risk of Unintentional Social Injustice' Prof. Jim Sampson considered the relationship between the effectiveness of career guidance and the resources needed. He also discussed how access to existing services is guaranteed for the clients, which made me think whether our current Euroguidance services are actually structured so that they invite people to start using them, or whether they, unintentionally, do not welcome some of our potential clients or client groups.

Among the many workshops and sessions I found e.g. the one on 'Narratives and narrative research in career guidance' particularly interesting. Guidance practitioners and researchers from Australia, South Africa and Britain described how story-telling has been used as a method in career guidance. In my opinion this approach could also be applied into counselling on mobility and international issues as well, especially in the training of guidance practitioners.

Another interesting contribution was by Prof. Bryan Hiebert in the thematic session 'Professional identity: what we do defines who we are' where he described an outcome-focused framework for evaluating career development interventions. This is another approach that could be meaningfully applied also into our annual Euroguidance planning scheme.

The Euroguidance centres of Norway, Sweden and Finland organised also a special workshop on mobility issues under the name 'International mobility as a tool for young people’s professional and personal development'. Unfortunately the number of participants remained somewhat low, partly due to some misleading information in the conference programme. Nevertheless we as workshop organisers agreed that it was important to make Euroguidance visible in the conference and encourage other colleagues to make a contribution in the following IAEVG events.

Miika Kekki
Euroguidance Finland