L8B: Strengths-Based Career Counselling (Advantages of Approach (1)…
L8B: Strengths-Based Career Counselling
Common Tools of Assessments
The “Values in Action” (VIA)
“Values in Action Inventory of Strengths” (VIA-IS)
Others: Strengths Finder
Session 1) Intake Interview
- Client's prior experience @ work, edu, training.
Understand Client's goals in clear, +ve & reachable terms.
Client to ID top 3 strengths & that the competencies are used in their own life-roles.
Help Client to
expand multiple voices
on their strengths (based on social / interpersonal network).
of adversely viewed life experience & encouraged to have a fresh look.
- Homework: Complete VIA Assessment Tool to ID top strengths.
Session 2) Expand Recognition of Strengths
(based on VIA classification) after recap of counselling goals:
Discuss contribution of VIA's strengths to Client's life via past experiences.
Brainstorm ways these strengths can help make progress to career goals.
- ID & form applicable solutions to apply for career goals.
- Homework: Apply strengths at least 3x a week on job issues / job search activities
Session 3) Review of tasks assigned & discuss progress of strength usage: - Use...
1) Metaphorical sign-posting technique
2) Sentence Completion technique (Visualise future success)
Session 4): Review of strengths on assignments:
ID significant changes during process of strength developmt
how to apply available personal resources
areas that need further work
What Client's life will look like after 6 months while persisting in developing strengths
Advantages of Approach
Job & Life satisfaction
Reinforce use of strengths
, maintaining them as
Long term impact & retainment of effectiveness
after continuous practice
successful to securing employment
Less reliance on intuitive clinical judgement
ease in training & supervising
therapists / counsellors in specific technics (for counsellor)
FOCUS: Develop & empower the Client's strengths
Capacity building is a process and a goal – a life long journey.
Focus: “What’s right with this person?”
Everyone has power and the ability to change their own circumstances.
Recognizes every Client has strengths & abilities and looks to see how those skills can be enhanced.
Strength-based approaches emphasize the saying “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem”.
- Focus on trusting and workable relationships
Clients to take a lead
in their own care process
- Working in collaborative ways on mutually agreed upon goals
- Drawing upon the personal resources of motivation and hope
- Creating sustainable change through learning and experiential growth
Desired Outcome of Strength-Based Practice is
Mindset of a resilient person:
Feel special and appreciated
– strong sense of hope and optimism
- View life as a dynamic journey that involves them writing the next chapters –
by how they perceive themselves and who they invite on the trip
- Have learned to set realistic goals and expectations for themselves
- Rely on productive coping strategies that are growth-fostering rather than
- View obstacles as challenges to confront – not avoid
- Are aware of their weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but purposefully build on strengths
- Strong self-esteem and sense of competence
- Have effective interpersonal skills and can seek out assistance and
nurturance from others (formal and informal relationships)
- Know what they can and cannot control in their lives
- Strong understanding of the need to give back – support others in their