Monday, March 30, 2009
Here's his site. Enjoy!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Here's an excerpt from a summary of a recent dissertation, Half of group free of phobia after a single treatment, published by the Swedish Research Council. It describes a method for desensitising people in anxiety-producing situations.
“In a one-session treatment the children, together with their therapist, gradually approach what they are afraid of in a controlled and planned manner. The therapist describes and carefully demonstrates before the child is allowed to try. Because the children remain in the anxiety-inducing situation, they can experience how their anxiety and fear abates and how the expected catastrophe in fact does not occur. With the patient remaining in the situation for an extended period, without running away, new learning occurs, producing a development toward a new behavior. This is all done on a voluntary basis, which is also a precondition for successful treatment.
“One-session treatment has also proven to be effective over time. Adults who have been treated with this method have been able to notice the effects of the treatment more than a year after the session. And nothing indicates that the effect would taper off sooner in children, which we assume will soon be confirmed by a follow-up study.”
This paradigm would appear to fit well with many of the practices in individual or group sessions used today. The facillitator would telephone a potential new contact, explain the purpose of the call and request (a) a few minutes of the person's time and (b) permission for one or more others to listen to the conversation. The the facillitator would conduct the conversation in a way intended to model what the job seekers would do, with them listening in to both sides of the conversation. Obviously some potential contacts would decline to participate but in these cases onlookers would see that this would not really be a catastrophic consequence of the attempt to connect. Once the facillitator had demonstrated a few times other members of the group could then be invited to make contacts via the telephone. The great thing about this approach is that these people would also be modelling behaviour and demonstrating to those who had not yet called that this kind of work might not be so hard to do.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
“... a three-day, construction-only hands-on career exhibition designed to help students, teachers, educators and the general public develop an optimistic view of occupations available
in Ontario’s construction industry.”
7 - 9 April (Tuesday-Thursday)
(My thanks to Patricia Martin of Career Essentials for telling us about this one. Clarington is between Oshawa & Peterborough.)
Monday, March 23, 2009
I was a member of the generation of programmers brought up on Fortran and assembler language. I suspect that Ada Lovelace herself would have felt perfectly at home in our now antiquated “programming environment” that involved large boxes of punched cards, keypunch machines, electromechanical sorters and lots of strange codes and noise. Thanks to Dr Goldberg, and of course other smart people like her, we got graphical interfaces (ok, I resisted them at first) and object-oriented languages with all of the outstanding expressive elegance that they brought with them. Although Smalltalk might not have had the market success that one could have hoped for, software features that it embodies live on in a language that I (and the people at Google and many other places) now use every day (Python).
Thank you, Adele Goldberg!
[Dr Goldberg's photo: Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland]
You are welcome to drop in at any time from 3.00 pm (EST) on the Friday through 3.00 pm on the Sunday. We are, and will be, gathering and discussing on-line assessment instruments that we have found and also looking at (1) how card sorts can be made available as web pages, and (2) depending on interest, how various visual representations can be used to enhance constructivist work.
If you haven't visited with us before then the easiest way of being ready for one of these Fridays is to go to knowcoach.ca in advance of your planned visit to register so that you have your password ready to use.
Do please join us!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Afternoon Tea with the Center on Education and Work:
A Conversation Series on
Career and Workforce Development Policies and Practice
Coordinated by the Center on Education and Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Purpose: Provide an engaging forum for learning about contemporary career and workforce development issues from dynamic national scholars who will speak about their research, theoretical ideas, publications, and/or considerations for practice on a variety of career-related topics.
Format: The Tea conversation will be structured as an open dialogue rather than a formal presentation with emphasis placed on the interaction between the interviewer and presenter. Prior to the event, a relevant reading will be emailed to participants to give them an opportunity to become familiar with some of the presenter’s work and help them begin to think about questions that they would like to be addressed by the presenter. Refreshments and continued conversation will be available after the formal conversation for those attending in-person.
Schedule of Events for the 2008-2009 Academic Year:
Friday, November 21st, 2008, 3:00- 4:00pm CST
Steven Brown, Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago
Toward a Taxonomy of Career Decision-Making Difficulties
Monday, March 23rd, 2009, 3:00-4:30pm CST
Mark Savickas, Ph.D., Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
Mark Savickas Unplugged
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm CST
Terence Tracey, Ph.D., Arizona State University:
Innovations in Career Interest Assessments
Thursday, May 7th, 2009, 3:00-4:00pm CST
James Sampson, Ph.D., Florida State University:
The World of On-line Career Information Systems
Note: Please arrive in-person or log-in via webcast by 2:45pm for each event
In-person participation: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706
Remote viewing live via webcast: http://www.uwex.edu/ics/stream/event.cfm?eid=18849
Registration: There is no cost to attend or watch the Afternoon Tea conversation series. Please RSVP to CEW.firstname.lastname@example.org one week prior to the event date with the following information: Name, where you are from, and the question you would like asked of the presenter.
Questions? Please email CEW.email@example.com
I am very much indebted to BJ Berquist of tappedin.org for bringing this series of learning opportunities to my attention.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I’ve been thinking recently about where I might find metaphors to stand for the metaphor of reframing. Suddenly today, whilst doing dishes (usually my best thinking time), I realised that large numbers of mystery novels involve reframing plots. One could suggest to a client that he watch, say, an Agatha Christie on DVD and then point out how Miss Marple the detective solves the murder by reframing the problem.
But who has the time for that? I needed a shorter story.
Given the dreadful state of my memory it’s a good thing that I happened to read a good example of a chance reframing just a day or two ago, in an obituary. The death notice was that for Mr Ian Carr, a prominent jazz musician; and here is the relevant part of it:
‘The closest he came to the literary world at this time was an introduction to Somerset Maugham. This led to a series of visits to Maugham’s home, which ended abruptly when Maugham’s secretary, Alan Searle, took Carr aside and murmured: “Mr Maugham wants to know why you wear a beard, because you’ve got such a beautiful face.” Future invitations were refused.’
Maugham was gay but Carr hadn’t realised this and had been quite happy to visit him. Once he heard from Searle that Maughm found him attractive he reframed his understanding of what might have led to Maughm’s invitations.
Short stories with this structure could be very useful to us because so much of what we do as career developers involves encouraging clients to frame or reframe. At one extreme when we ask for lists of skills then suggest that a client think of other occupations that might appeal and involve the use of a similar set of skills we are asking the client to consider a different frame of reference. At another extreme when we suggest that a client entertain a different identity we are again offering a different frame.