Another way to think about the work we do: counselling for work and relationship

  • Mary Sue RichardsonEmail author


Counselling for work and relationship is proposed as another way of thinking about vocational psychology and vocational guidance. It can contribute to the search for a new paradigm for these fields. Central to this way of thinking are two shifts. A shift from a discourse about career to a discourse about work, and a shift to expand the focus of attention beyond the occupational domain to include multiple social contexts of work and relationship across both occupational and personal domains of life. The ways in which these shifts are responsive to theoretical and social contexts is considered.


Work Career development Career counselling 

Résumé. Une autre manière de penser au travail que nous faisons: tenir conseil en vue du travail et de la relation.

Tenir conseil en vue du travail et de la relation est proposé comme une autre voie pour penser la psychologie vocationnelle et l’orientation professionnelle. Cette voie peut contribuer à la recherche d’un nouveau paradigme pour ces champs. Cette façon de penser implique deux ruptures essentielles. Le passage d’un discours sur la carrière à un discours sur le travail et le passage à une augmentation de la centration de l’attention au delà du domaine professionnel pour inclure les multiples contextes sociaux du travail et des relations sociales à travers les domaines à la fois professionnels et personnels de la vie. On considère les axes selon lesquels ces ruptures sont sensibles aux contextes théoriques et sociaux.

Zusammenfassung. Eine andere Sichtweise der Arbeit, die wir tun: Beratung über Arbeit und Beziehungen.

Eine Beratung für Arbeit und Beziehungen wird hier vorgeschlagen als ein anderer Weg, über Berufspsychologie und Berufliche Beratung nachzudenken. Diese Sichtweise kann zu der Suche nach einem neuen Paradigma auf diesen Feldern beitragen. Grundlegend für diese Sichtweise sind zwei Verschiebungen: Einerseits die Verschiebung vom Diskurs über die Berufslaufbahn hin zum Diskurs über Arbeit, und andererseits die Verschiebung, den Fokus der Aufmerksamkeit über den beruflichen Bereich hinaus so auszudehnen, dass die vielfältigen sozialen Kontexte der Arbeit und der persönlichen Beziehungen einbezogen werden, und zwar auch in den gegenseitigen Wechselwirkungen zwischen dem Lebensbereich der Arbeitstätigkeit und dem des Privatlebens. Es wird dabei betrachtet, auf welche Weise diese Verschiebungen auf die theoretischen und sozialen Kontexte zurückwirken.

Resumen. Otra Manera de Pensar sobre el Trabajo que Hacemos: Orientación para el Trabajo y las Relaciones.

Se propone la orientación para el trabajo y las relaciones como otra forma de pensar sobre la psicología vocacional y la orientación vocacional. Puede contribuir a la búsqueda de un nuevo paradigma en estas áreas. Esta forma de pensar implica dos cambios importantes. El primero supone pasar de un discurso sobre la carrera al discurso sobre el trabajo, y el segundo, ampliar el foco de atención a los múltiples contextos sociales del trabajo y las relaciones tanto en los ámbitos ocupacionales como los personales de la vida. Se considera la forma en que estos cambios responden a los contextos teóricos y sociales.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied PsychologyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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