What is Guiding Circles?
Guiding Circles is a career pathing approach that combines innovative & contemporary career coaching strategies with an Aboriginal perspective. The program consists of workbooks and optional facilitator training workshops.
- Guiding Circles Step 1: Understanding Yourself, helps you assist your clients to complete a positive and complete self-assessment.
- Guiding Circles Step 2: Finding New Possibilities, helps your clients take their journey further to explore career options and make decisions about their career path.
It is not mandatory for practitioners to complete the training program prior to using the workbooks, but it is highly recommended.
How is Guiding Circles unique from other career awareness programs?
Guiding Circles uses innovative strategies such as story telling in the self-assessment approach to help your clients make positive self-reflections to discover how their talents and personal attributes will help them in school and the workplace.
The program involves the community in the assessment and career decision making process. Through the eyes of the people your client trusts, they will gain added insight into their gifts, goals and personal attributes to help them identify or accelerate their journey toward a rewarding career. The community members may also help to identify challenges and areas of support.
Guiding Circles provides a unique perspective on the essence of career and life decision making elements. Often individuals make career choices based on duties, level of pay, a career/training path, travel, or location to determine if their skills and interests match the career they are researching. Guiding Circles help your clients identify these elements but also broadens the approach through the use of a ‘Career Circle’ that incorporates personal style/spirit, life balance, values and work and life roles (i.e., how does my family or community role fit with my career option?).
Can I use Guiding Circles with my current programs?
Yes. Guiding Circlesis a stand-alone program with the flexibility to be incorporated into many other programs or situations. To meet the needs of your clients, you can customize the length of the program, or the order and format of delivery (i.e., classroom, one-on-one, small groups). Most activities can be facilitated within 30 – 45 minutes.
Is there a cost for the program?
Workbook: $7.50 + GST per book
Facilitator Training Workshops (includes two-day workshop and 10 booklets):
- List Price: $795
- Partner Price: $895
Who authored Guiding Circles?
- Gray Poehnell, of Métis descent, is a creative consultant with broad experiences in the research and development of employment counselling programs and resources. He has co-authored a number of counselling programs and workbooks with Dr. Norm Amundson, including Career Pathways and Career Crossroads. Gray is an experienced educator who has worked with a wide range of clients. He has trained career practitioners nationally and internationally.
- Dr. Rod McCormick is a member of the Mohawk Nation and works as an associate professor of counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is a consultant with various government and Aboriginal organizations in the area of Aboriginal counselling and mental health.
- Dr. Norm Amundson is a professor of counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is a renowned consultant, having worked many national and international groups, and wrote Active Engagement, the Canadian Counselling Association’s 2000 Best Book Award winner.
What is the facilitator’s training program?
Through our two-day facilitator’s training workshop you can learn how to deliver the activities in the workbook and become more aware of the program’s foundational theories. The workshops combines short lecture with individual and interactive group work sessions. Participants will receive a ‘certificate of completion’, a set of workbooks and access to online coaching material.
Where and when can I attend training?
Guiding Circles workshops are delivered in various locations across Canada. There are two ways to participate…
- Organizations can host a workshop at a convenient date and location any where in Canada for their staff and associates. A minimum of 16 participants at $895 or $795 for Leadership Circle partners.
- Individuals are welcome to register for workshops posted on our website. Workshops are considered tentative until 16 participants are confirmed by registration deadline.
Can I copy portions of the workbook for my clients or students?
Photocopying or replication of the workbooks or online materials is prohibited by copyright law. Practitioners tell us they get better engagement with their clients when individuals are presented with their personal colored workbook, as it sends a message that you are willing to invest in them.
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