A Scoping Review of Life Design Intervention Research: Implications for Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

Abstract

The recently developed paradigm in career counselling known as life design has caused a proliferation of new interventions. A scoping study was performed to provide an overview of empirical support for the effectiveness of these interventions. Twelve articles that evaluate the efficacy of eight interventions were found. Interventions included individual and group forms of the Career Construction Interview and My Career Story. Others were group-based life design interventions, the Career Construction Genogram, an online-based life design intervention, and a classroom intervention designed for elementary children. Career adaptability was the most commonly evaluated outcome and participants were most commonly from Italy, with no study using North American participants. Experimental or quasi-experimental research designs were most frequently used, while several articles reported on case studies. The authors recommend that future research balance case studies and experimental designs and that further research should validate findings with Canadian populations. This article notes the synergistic potential of engaging with social constructionist approaches in the broader field of counselling and psychotherapy for developing new interventions.

Author Biographies

Bradley Lewis, University of Calgary

Bradley Lewis is an MSc student in the educational psychology program in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. He specializes in counselling psychology and has research interests in social emotional learning approaches in education and in social constructionist approaches to counselling psychology. He is also a registered provisional psychologist in the province of Alberta.

José F. Domene, University of Calgary

José F. Domene is a professor of counselling psychology in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. His research interests include relational contexts of career development and professional issues in counselling and counselling psychology in Canada. He is also a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta.

Published
2021-01-14
How to Cite
Lewis, B., & Domene, J. F. (2021). A Scoping Review of Life Design Intervention Research: Implications for Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 55(1), 138-157. https://doi.org/10.47634/cjcp.v55i1.70171