|Presenter: Dr. Kris Magnusson, Simon Fraser University
Dates: Wednesdays, March 30, April 6 and 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (check your timezone)
*Group rates: If you register 5 or more participants from the same organization at the same time, you qualify for the group rate of 25% off registration fees.
An alarming number of Canadian youth experience mental health challenges; over 1/3 of high school students express moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety or depression (Boak et al., 2016). More recent studies have shown that the impacts of the COVID crisis have exacerbated the problem for youth, with heightened instances of both anxiety and depression being reported.
There is also a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that effective career development has a positive impact on the well-being and mental health of youth; career intervention outcomes such as hope, confidence, self-efficacy and connection to one’s present and future are all factors in well-being. In this series, we will provide a framework for conceptualizing the connection between career development and mental health, describe career interventions/strategies that have proven to be effective in helping youth move from languishing to flourishing, and explore some simple techniques for collecting evidence on the impact of those interventions.
Who Should Attend:
Career helpers working with youth (particularly between the ages of 12 and 20) in school or community settings. Other “career influencers” – teachers, transition workers or administrators – are also welcome.
Webinar #1: The case for career development: How effective career development impacts youth mental health
- Understand recent data on the incidence rates of mental health issues for youth
- Summarize evidence linking career outcomes and mental health
- Describe the Keyes model: reconceptualizing mental illness and mental health
- Explain why career development promotes flourishing and reduces languishing
Webinar #2: Strategies for practitioners: Making the link between career development and mental health both intentional and effective
- Linking the 5 processes of career development to mental health and well-being
- How “traditional” approaches to career development can heighten anxiety and result in languishing
- Examples of strategies for change: cognitive, emotional and behavioural interventions
- Promoting flourishing through stress reduction
Webinar #3: Measuring the effectiveness of career development and mental health interventions
- An overview of the Connecting Career Development and Mental Health for Youth (CCDMHY) research project
- Informal ways to collect evidence
- Examples of (simple) formal measures for collecting evidence
- Making the case: How to market your evidence to decision-makers to increase their understanding of the powerful connection between effective career development and youth mental health and well-being.
Dr. Kris Magnusson is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University and the Principal Investigator in the SSHRC project, “Connecting Career Development and Mental Health for Youth.”He is also the author of Career helping: Harnessing perspective and emotion in everyday practice.