Our lives and careers are becoming ever more unpredictable. The “life-design paradigm” described in detail in this ground-breaking handbook helps counselors and others meet people’s increasing need to develop and manage their own lives and careers.
Life-design interventions, suited to a wide variety of cultural settings, help individuals become actors in their own lives and careers by activating, stimulating, and developing their personal resources. This handbook first addresses life-design theory, then shows how to apply life designing to different age groups and with more at-risk people, and looks at how to train life-design counselors.
From the reviews:
"A must read for all career development professionals and students alike. The Handbook of the Life Design is a new and essential resource for those working to improve career services in line with today’s challenges and conditions. It can be used by university students facing the profession and professionals who want to be updated on consultancy activities more in tune with current times"
Sara Santilli, PhD, in Career Convergence. For full review see http://ncda.org/aws/NCDA/pt/sd/news_article/102029/_self/layout_ccmsearch/false
Praise for the book
"In a time of major economic, social, and cultural transformation there is need for a new paradigm of career development and change. The concept of life design provides an approach to help people develop the necessary reflexivity so that they can survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world. In this book an impressive array of scholars outline, in a very readable format, a comprehensive view of both the theory and practice of life design as applied across the life span. This is a book for the 21st century, a book that will provide stimulation for both academics and practitioners."
Norman Amundson, Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
"This impressive book builds substantially on the work of the International Life Design group. It begins by explaining the theory and concepts that underpin the paradigm shift taking place in career counseling, and then grounds this in practice. The contributors are leading researchers in the field, and they provide rich and varied examples of life designing in careers work across different age groups, sectors, and cultural and social contexts. They engage with the discomforts of living in a neo-liberal world, emphasizing the need for more meaningful, thoughtful, and creative practices to benefit the lives of ‘clients’ and practitioners. An essential text."
Hazel Reid, PhD, Reader in Career Guidance & Counseling, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK
"The Handbook of Life Design represents the substantial next steps in the journey of the Life Design approach in the career development and counseling fields. It advances Life Design thinking and applications across the life span and to various social groups. This volume invites consideration and discussion of Life Design for research and practice and provides readers with the tools to do so. It is a particularly timely work in the context of changing social conditions."
Richard A. Young, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia