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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors


Over the last twenty years there has been a notable increase in the popularity of psychometric testing in both occupational and educational settings. This increase in popularity has led to the proliferation of diverse psychometric tests and testing internationally. The last twenty years has also seen a convergence in what is seen as best practice. The current article aims to provide test users in Irish secondary schools with a broad perspective on best practice in using psychometric tests based on international best practice standards. These standards highlight the importance of managing the testing process, to ensure clients are effectively briefed on the strengths and limitations of tests and debriefed on the meaning of their scores.

The effective management of the testing process ensures students can realistically interpret psychometric test information and are effectively prepared for future encounters with psychometric testing. This article will explore best practice standards within an international context and highlight potential ethical and legal considerations, pertinent to the use of psychometric tests in Irish post-primary schools. 

 

Further recommended reading:

 

Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald may be watched in conjunction with this article.  

It can be found HERE in "Delivering the Guidance Programme" section.


Data protection for the Guidance Counsellor (GDPR) by Hugh Jones should be read in conjunction with this article.  

It can be found HERE in "Policy and Practice Guidelines" section.


A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources) is a resource developed by NCGE.

It can be found HERE  in "Policy and Practice Guidelines" section.

 

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Action-oriented Hope-centered Career Development

In this webinar Prof. Spencer Niles presents an action oriented model of career development which places hope at the center of the process.  Niles highlights the three theories of career development which underpin this career development model - Snyder’s Hope Theory, Bandura’s Human Agency Theory and Hall’s Protean Career Theory.  The process employed by the action-oriented hope-centered model is discussed (self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal setting and planning, and implementing and adapting) and sample activities are presented which can be employed to support the career development of individuals and groups. 

 

Niles concludes the webinar by presenting a case study and inviting guidance counsellors to consider how they might help Emily progress her career journey. 

 
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Further Recommended Viewing

The Accomplishment Interview by Spencer Niles and Kai Helmichk can be viewed in conjunction with this video. It can be found here.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Counselling: facilitating career learning and development

In this webinar, Liane Hambly discusses the role of career counselling in facilitating career learning and development.  Hambly presents a definition of career counselling and takes us through a three stage model for career counselling delivery (establishing the foundations, exploration of needs and addressing needs) and the theory underpinning this model.  Hambly concludes the webinar with a brief discussion of Dual Processing Theory and the implications of this theory for career guidance and counselling. 
 
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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality

In this webinar, Dr. Deirdre Hughes, OBE, presents Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality. Hughes discusses career learning and examines the research evidence base relating to careers education. Hughes takes us through the key findings of a major international review: Careers Education: International Literature Review commissioned by the UK Education Endowment Foundation and explores the implications for gender and equality in changing education and labour markets. Throughout the webinar Hughes invites participants to reflect on policy, research and practice and the implications of career dialogue within educational settings. 

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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Resilience, Character Building and Identity

Terri Morrissey, CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) presents ‘Resilience, character building and identity’ in this webinar recording. Morrissey highlights the importance of resilience and the development of mental toughness in supporting one’s ability to cope with uncertainty, changing and potentially distressing situations.  In this webinar Morrissey explores how to help young people develop resilience and how it relates to stress and wellbeing.  During her presentation Morrissey reflects on whether young people are presented with sufficient challenges to help them build resilience or if they are overprotected by parents/adults and significant others.
 
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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Improving Career Interventions with Cognitive Information Processing Theory

Jim Sampson, the Mode L. Stone Distinguished Professor of Counselling and Career Development from the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University, presents ‘Improving Career Interventions with Cognitive Information Processing (CIP) Theory’ in this webinar recording.  
 
Sampson takes us through the key components of CIP theory and applies these to guidance practice in Ireland.  CIP theory in the words of Sampson “…provides a differentiated service delivery approach that provides a continuum of support” through, “self-help services, brief staff-assisted services and individual case-managed services”.   Differentiated service delivery approach is provided to service users according to their degree of ‘career readiness’ (“the capability of an individual to make informed and careful career choices taking into account the complexity of family, social, economic and organizational factors that influence career development”).   Service users with a high degree of career readiness, for instance, require less intensive support and thus self-help services are offered to these users.  Career readiness can be assessed through brief screening e.g. through the use of a short questionnaire circulated to all service users in advance of service delivery.
 
Sampson concludes the webinar by highlighting research on the use and impact of the CIP approach.
 
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Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Developing a Mindful Approach in Guidance Counselling: Care for Self and Others

Paul King, a lecturer in the School of Human Development and Chair of the MSc./Graduate Diploma in Guidance Counselling programmes in Dublin City University (DCU) presents Developing a Mindful Approach in Guidance Counselling: Care for Self and Others in this webinar recording.  
King starts his presentation by highlighting what mindfulness is and what it is not and invites participants to reflect on what mindfulness is for them.  During the webinar King invites participants to engage in a number of mindful practices and to reflect on emerging feelings and thoughts. The nine attitudinal factors of mindfulness practice are presented and two video clips are shown to highlight the role of attention in mindfulness.  
 
King concludes his webinar with an exploration of the ethical issues Mindful Based Interventions and the ‘McDonaldization of Mindfulness’ present.  Parallels between mindfulness and guidance are proposed.  
 
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