Free Webinar Series: An Innovative Acceptance and Commitment Approach to Career Theory and Practice – Why, What and How?

This free webinar with Tom Luken is a part of a webinar series that offers you the opportunity to further explore the career theories and models compiled in CERIC’s new book Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice.…

Free Webinar Series: An Innovative Acceptance and Commitment Approach to Career Theory and Practice – Why, What and How?

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This free webinar with Tom Luken is a part of a webinar series that offers you the opportunity to further explore the career theories and models compiled in CERIC’s new book Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice.

Webinars are led by the contributing authors to the book.

Overview of Tom’s webinar:

In this free webinar, Tom Luken will discuss why he thinks career theory and practice need innovation and why Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) offers promising ingredients for this.
The first part of the webinar will be devoted to some conundrums in the context of career development. One concerns the need for self-direction, while developmental and brain research suggests that this is out of reach for most adolescents and many adults. Another conundrum concerns pitfalls of conscious thinking and – in many instances – a superiority of “unconscious thinking.” It will be concluded that many traditional career guidance theories and practices are based on assumptions that are increasingly losing credibility.

In the second part of the webinar, some basic ACT views, processes and instruments will be discussed. The contents will be illustrated by some practical exercises and experiences, derived from a toolkit, developed by Tom and Albert de Folter.

Webinar Learnings:

• Reflection on some fundamental problems in career theory and practice
• A new understanding of “self-direction”
• Knowing the basics of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Ideas for innovating career theory and practice
• Stimulation of finding one’s own ways to apply these ideas

About the presenter:

Tom Luken, is a work and organizational psychologist, based in the Netherlands, with a lifelong focus on career development. He has worked as a counsellor, trainer, researcher, professor and editor-in-chief. Now retired, he is focusing on some fundamental questions concerning career development.

Tom Luken is also one of the authors of Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice book, Chapter 19 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Fuels Innovation of Career Counselling

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