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Tuesday, January 25 • 13:45 - 14:30
The Problem Ecology Perspective on Career Development Assistance

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A problem ecology perspective proposes that people seek career development assistance when the fit between what they have and what they want becomes unbalanced. Helping clients regain their employment footing requires both flexibility and openness to variety. Our session will review both why and how this perspective can promote better outcomes for practitioners and their clients.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Basic understanding of the ecology of problems and solutions
  • Introduction to the concepts of requisite variety and equilibrium
  • Ability to apply these ideas to career development practice

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John Thompson

Counsellor, Lifespan Employment Coaching and Counselling
John Thompson began his encore career in career development practice at Conestoga College in 2015, and now works in private practice. In 1998, he received a Doctorate in Human Development and Applied Psychology (OISE/UT).
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Warren Thorngate

Professor Emeritus, Carleton University
Warren Thorngate is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa specializing in social psychology, human decision-making, contests and competitions. He is the author of Problems and Solutions: An Ecological View.

Tuesday January 25, 2022 13:45 - 14:30 EST