Monk Bar Hotel, York

Monk Bar Hotel, York

Two day course for careers practitioners in guidance theory and practice, QCF level 6

Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5June 2013

Monk Bar Hotel, York

Our annual survey of members training needs highlighted the need for skills focused training events reflecting the learning outcomes of QCF level 6. These two days will cover a review of developments in guidance theory and practice.

We are pleased that Liane Hambly has agreed to lead these events. Liane has been training career guidance practitioners since 1994, working as a training officer for nine years and as a senior lecturer in guidance studies. She now works as a freelance trainer and consultant throughout the UK.

The full programme is a two day event, although each day is self-standing: you can choose to attend for either: Day 1, Day 2 or both days consecutively.

Day 1: Developments in Guidance Theory: A practical guide

Day 2: Advanced Career Guidance and Coaching

The number of places on this programme is limited to a maximum of 22.

The day delegate price is:

  • £135 + VAT for Members (£270 for both days) and £185 + VAT for Non-Members (£370 for both days) + VAT
  • There is a special rate of £60 (£120 for both days) for Unemployed Members (maximum of 4 places at this rate).
  • Accommodation (bed and breakfast) can be booked through the CDI

Detailed information on the two day programme is included below.

Please book through the website

Developments in Guidance Theory

A practical guide

Date:Tuesday 4thJune 2013

Time:9.30am – 4.00pm

Venue: Monk Bar Hotel, York


‘Careers are seldom planned but are often developed by being aware of and acting on the landmarks that appear on the way’.Mitchell (2003)

The world of opportunities is rapidly changing and increasingly complex. Rather than a job for life with a stable job role, people have to navigate constant change. In this masterclass we will briefly explore the limitations of traditional career choice theory and consider recent developments including:

Planned Happenstance;how to enable clients to make the most of ‘chance’ opportunities;

  • Informed intuition: what part does this play in effective decision making? How to help clients explore their own narrative through visualisation
  • Constructivism: working from how our clients see their world

The day will be highly practical, considering the implications of these developments for practice and trying out activities that can be used to support client’s decision making.

Learning Outcomes

The programme has been designed in line with the new Qualifications Framework at level 6. During the two days links will be made to the QCF learning outcomes.

By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the merits and limitations of the trait and factor matching approach
  • Identify the impact of ‘chance’ events on one’s career and practical ways of enabling clients to navigate a rapidly changing economy
  • Use a decision making method that harnesses the imagination and encourages clients to use their intuition in an informed way

Programme(the timings may be slightly adjusted to tailor the day to delegate’s needs)

9.30Registration, tea and coffee

9.45Welcome and introduction

Overview of the day

10.00.Defining ‘career’:

Moving beyond traditional definitions to the portfolio and boundaryless career.

10.15Career Management and adaptability

Navigating and ever-changing career landscape


11.00Traditional Career Choice Theory:

Brief reminder of traditional theories such as differentialism, opportunity structuralism, developmentalism and social learning. The merits of these theories.

Overview of developments in theory

The realities of how people actually end up doing what they do. Critique of traditional matching theories including the importance of context, community and culture

Constructivism: Working from how people see their world, exploring their constructs in the guidance process. Practical activity for use with clients.

Community Interaction theory: harnessing the support of others

12.30Lunch andnetworking

1.15Narrative theory continued: the importance of intuition

  • Understanding intuition
  • Practical methods for developing informed intuition with clients
  • The importance of imagination and metaphor
  • The narrative approach


2.45Planned Happenstance: how much does ‘chance’ play a part in what people end up doing? How many people end up in careers they planned for at 16? How can advisers incorporate the role of the unpredictable into their work with clients?

3.45Evaluation and close

Recent evaluations of previous delegates

‘The facilitator was excellent, very informed but relaxed and used interactive group activities. Couldn’t have been better!’ (Adult Adviser, 2011)

‘One of the most rewarding and useful training sessions I have ever attended’ (Connexions Personal Adviser, 2011)

‘The right mix of theory and practical ideas. Liane is obviously very familiar with current delivery’ (Adult Adviser, 2011)

‘Good to be refreshed and discover alternative ways to support young people’ (Connexions Personal Adviser, 2011)

‘Excellent. Well presented, informative and interesting with a great deal of useful ideas for practice’ (Adult Adviser, 2011).

Advanced Career Guidance and Coaching

Date:Wednesday 5thJune 2013

Time:9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Venue:Monk Bar Hotel, York


One-to-one career guidance and coaching is a highly skilled process that demands a high level of artistry, reading the individual client and tailoring one’s approach to ensure that the best outcome is achieved. This master class will cover:

  • The challenges of contracting, how to avoid spiels, sell the benefits of an in-depth service and fully engage the client right at the outset
  • Exploring the client’s story: managing the pressures of time constraints, balancing flexibility with structure and efficiency; the use of pertinent questions
  • Effective challenging using facilitative methods; reflecting back and curious questions;

The day will be highly practical, exploring a range of tactics and sharing good practice. The approaches used will be suitable for use with a wide range of clients.

Learning Outcomes

The programme has been designed in line with the new Qualifications Framework at level 6. During the day links will be made to the QCF learning outcomes.

By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • Identify techniques for making contracting meaningful and engaging for both adviser and client
  • Evaluate a range of questions and tactics that can be used to efficiently and effectively explore the client’s story
  • Evaluate how to challenge in a client-centred way

Programme (the timings may be slightly adjusted to tailor the day to delegate’s needs)

9.30Registration, tea and coffee

9.45Welcome and introduction

Overview of the day

10.00.Advice, Guidance or coaching?

A three stage guidance model. The balance of structure and flexibility.

The three levels of practice: technician, professional and artist

Ethical underpinnings: establishing an ethical relationship


11.00The challenges of contracting

How to make contracting meaningful: dealing with unrealistic expectations; getting ‘buy in’ from clients who have been sent or who are ambivalent about the process; explaining guidance simply and in a way that makes sense to the client; avoiding spiels about confidentiality; use of visual prompts and analogies;

12.30Lunch and networking

1.16Exploring the story

The need for a framework to inform questioning; evaluation of existing frameworks;

What to ask? We will consider the findings of a field exercise which explored the most pertinent questions and tactics used by 600 careers advisers and coaches.

In depth probing questioning.


3.00Facilitative challenging: reflecting back the story; raising awareness of high leverage issues; using curious questions to gently challenge

3.45Evaluation and close

Recent evaluations of previous delegates

‘Delivered in an enthusiastic and inspiring way’ Adult Adviser 2011

‘Some excellent pointers to develop my work’ Connexions PA 2011

‘Very reassuring – I feel more confident in what I do’. All age adviser 2011

‘Excellent programme – fascinating content and brilliant delivery’ Connexions PA 2011

Trainer biography

Liane is a consultant with 20 years experience in the career guidance field as a practitioner, QCG lecturer at two universities and freelance consultant. She has an excellent reputation as a trainer with particular areas of expertise in career theory, advanced career coaching, ethical and reflective practice and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems. She has designed and delivered training throughout the UK for a wide range of guidance providers, and produced the guidance model and quality standards for Wales.

Liane is author of Let’s Talk Guidance, a DVD and learning resource on Career guidance and coaching and has published articles on Career theory, the role of faith in career decision making and Planned Happenstance.

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