Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Inducing Clients to Follow Through

Many group sessions in employment counselling focus on encouraging clients to network as part of their searching strategy. In a traditional job finding club this encouragement comes in the form of group pressure and operant conditioning from members of the group. In groups where these inducements are not working well it can be a challenge to get clients to network in the first place—let alone long enough to do them much good. With this in mind, I'm always on the lookout for ways of helping clients without necessarily relying on learning theory.

Method To Improve Self-Control provides a summary of a study suggesting that we might be more effective in helping clients to follow through if we make use of a knowledge of clients' orientation with respect to rewards and risks.

I would be very interested in hearing about other studies that examine ways of making clients more effective networkers.

[Pictures: view of central quads of UChicago from wikipedia.]