32097 - Methods and Techniques for School Vocational Guidance

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student

- knows the main  theoretical models of career decision making process

- is able to design and implement a group career intervention

- is able to use the main techniques of career counseling interview

Course contents

The course will take place during the second semester (from February to May) at the Cesena Campus of the School of Psychology and Education, Aula E, Piazza Aldo Moro 90, Cesena (FC).

Course Prerequisites are background knowledge in developmental, work and groups psychology, as well as in methodology of individual and group interventions. To apply for the School and Community Psychology Master, students are required to demonstrate the required level of knoweldge.

The course alternates frontal lessons with simulation activities and case studies and it is divided into two parts:

First Part Teacher: Carla Maria Ruffini

  • Main theoretical approaches to vocational and career counseling
  • Designand development of counseling activities/ paths to support transitions in school, training, working and community environments
  • Guidance interviews: theoretical constructs, methods and instruments; conducting the interview through the use of narrative method

Second Part Teacher: Rita Chiesa

  • Evolution of theories and practices in Vocational Psychology field. Main theoretical approaches:life cycle; Self and vocational development process.
  • Psychosocial transitions: characteristics and types of transitions; career interventions types
  • Group interventions of vocational guidance to support both formative and job transitions.
  • Monitor and evaluate vocational and career interventions: asssessing progresses toward goals and evaluating intervention's outcomes

Readings/Bibliography

Pombeni, M. L., Chiesa, R. (2009). Il gruppo nel processo di orientamento. Carocci, Roma

Ruffini C., Sarchielli V. (2006). "Ambiti, approcci e metodi del counseling", in Di Francesco (a cura di). Consulenza alla persona e counseling. ISFOL, Temi & Strumenti

Ruffini C., "Pensare e agire la narrazione. Il paradigma narrativo e autobiografico nell'azione consulenziale", in Contesini S., Frega R., Ruffini C., Tomelleri S. (2005). Fare cose con la filosofia. Apogeo, Milano

The students not attending will add:

Sarchielli, G. (2008). Psicologia del lavoro. Il Mulino, Bologna, 2ª edizione (cap. IV e V)

Recommended readings:

Guglielmi, D. & D'Angelo, M.G. (2011). Prospettive per l'orientamento, Roma, Carocci. Parte Prima (Cap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) 

Ruini, C., Scrignaro, M., Bassi M. & Fianco A. (2017). Le pratiche della psicologia positiva. Strumenti e Prospettive. Milano, FrancoAngeli

 

Teaching methods

A participatory approach to learning and an active teaching method will be favoured. Teaching methods include lessons, individual exercises, group work, meetings with experts and practitioners, simulation and case study.

During the lessons the attendance will be recorded. At least 70% of classes attendance is necessary to be considered regular attendants 

Assessment methods

For students attending at least 70% of classes:

The exam will be composed by due written papers (individual case study and a group project work) and an oral exam, that the student may take the exam at the end of the course, before the examination sessions.

a1) A written individual case study about transition or changing/development issues. The assignment request to project an intervention of vocational counseling or career counseling, and it will assess the students' achievement of the desired Learning Outcomes:

  • knowledge of theories and professional practices in the guidance field; nature and specific characteristics of psychosocial transitions

  • skills in design, development and evaluation of vocational and career counseling activities

  • skills in counseling interview

a2) A written group project work about an intervention of vocational guidance. The assignment request to project an intervention on the bases of evidences reported by an research article and it will assess the students' achievement of the desired Learning Outcomes:

  • knowledge of theoretical approaches to vocational guidance;

  • skills in design, development and evaluation of guidance intervention group methods

  • knowledge of techniques to monitor and evaluate guidance programs

  1. An oral exam aimed to assess the students’ awareness of achieved Learning Outcomes

For students attending less than 70% of classes.

The students may take the exam during the official examination session. The assignments are:

a) A written individual case study. The assignment request to project an intervention of vocational counseling or career counseling and it will assess the students' achievement of the desired Learning Outcomes:

  • knowledge of theories and professional practices in the guidance field; nature and specific characteristics of psychosocial transitions

  • skills in design, development and evaluation of vocational and career counseling activities

  • skills in counseling interview

  • B) An oral exam aimed to assess the students' achievement of the desired Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge of techniques of design, implementation and evaluation of vocational and career counseling activities

  • Knowledge of techniques of design, implementation and evaluation of group career interventions

The final mark is the sum of the marks obtained to the assignments.

 

The exam timetable is published on Almaesami about four weeks before exams. In order to be admitted to the exam, you must book your exam session on Almaesami. If you miss the deadline to book your exam session on Almaesami (usually two days before the exam date), contact the teacher via email as soon as possible.

Teaching tools

Slide, guidance tools, case studies

Office hours

See the website of Rita Chiesa

See the website of Carla Maria Ruffini