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Self-care can combat burnout for career development practitioners

How CPDs can develop a self-care plan to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout By Dr Michael Sorsdahl Career development practitioners (CDPs) are helping professionals who get drawn into their line of work due to their desire to help others. Jacobson’s research[1] in 2012 demonstrated that helping professionals often have a tendency to put others’ needs…

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Principles in Action: Uncovering interests to find the best career fit

By Lisa Noonan With a goal of bringing greater clarity and consistency to our national conversations about career development, CERIC developed a set of “Guiding Principles of Career Development” that have been enthusiastically embraced across Canada. These eight Guiding Principles are intended as a starting point to inform discussions with clients, employers, funders, policymakers and…

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Well-being-based career practices and interventions for preventing and treating mental illness

Career development practitioners should take a holistic approach, supporting their clients’ mental health while helping them navigate career planning By Derrick McEachern Career planning is a mental-health intervention and a well-being practice. What people do each day shapes who they are and how they feel about their daily lives. People who are disengaged from their…

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Building resilience can have a positive impact on career transition

  How clients can learn to recognize stressors and develop strategies to better manage them during career change By Mary Ann Baynton Any transition in life can be stressful. Career transition in particular often happens at the same time as other life stressors, including personal, family, health or financial concerns. Recognizing our current reactions to…

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Overcoming barriers to returning to work after a mental-health leave

  Career development practitioners can work alongside health professionals to help clients consider all possible return-to-work options during their recovery By Dr Marie-Helene Pelletier  The facts are clear: mental-health issues represent on average more than 30% of long-term disability (LTD) claims (Mental Health Commission of Canada), with half of those claims for depression (Sun Life Financial).…

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10 questions for Dr Mary McMahon

Dr Mary McMahon is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Queensland, Australia, where she has lectured in career development and career counselling at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr McMahon is a developer and co-author of the internationally recognized Systems Theory Framework of Career Development, which takes a…

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