Action and the Practice of Counseling for Transitions

  • Richard A. Young
  • Sheila K. Marshall
  • Ladislav Valach
  • José F. Domene
  • Matthew D. Graham
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait


A significant counseling literature addresses youth who are in the process of making the transition to adulthood (e.g., Blustein, Juntunen, & Worthington, 2000; Drier & Ciccone, 1988; Guichard & Dumora, 2008). In some of this literature, transition to adulthood is explicitly identified as the focus (e.g., Savickas, 1999; Worthington & Juntunen, 1997); other parts deal with aspects of transition, such as career development, without calling it transition (e.g., Brown & Lent, 2008; Hansen, 1999). Essentially, this literature indicates that a range of theoretical approaches and interventions can be effective in assisting young people during the years of late adolescence and early adulthood. In this chapter, we describe the links between contextual action theory and the practice of counseling for the transition to adulthood and beyond.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Young
    • 1
  • Sheila K. Marshall
    • 2
  • Ladislav Valach
    • 3
  • José F. Domene
    • 4
  • Matthew D. Graham
    • 5
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Educational, Counselling Psychology and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School of Social Work, University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.BremgartenSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  5. 5.Orion HealthSurreyCanada
  6. 6.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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