Counselling Interventions Based on Contextual Action Theory and Research

Monday, January 6, 2014
St. John’s College

Dr. Richard Young has led the development and use of CAT as a conceptualization and research method for studying joint goal-directed actions in daily life (e.g., transition to adulthood). Based on a body of evidence of 15 years of largely-SSHRC funded research work, several aspects of the conceptualization and method have significant potential for application in counselling practice. Specifically, the more explicit/systematic identification of client goals and projects, the participation of significant others in counselling as joint action and projects, the use of the self-confrontation in counselling (video-assisted reflection on the counselling process with self in interaction with significant others and/or the counsellor), and its use in counselling training and supervision.

Current applications of CAT as a conceptual model for counselling will be presented and participants will be invited to engage in small group discussion regarding potential interventions and uses of CAT in counselling practice.

Participants will be requested to complete some background reading about CAT prior to the workshop, and are encouraged to have an interest in the application of CAT for counselling practice.

Space is limited. Please RSVP.