Connecting the Dots: a facilitator’s perspective:

The Hope Interventions inspire not only the participants but everyone else involved in this project. One of our facilitators shared a great story on how clients are reacting to the work being done in the Hope Project and how she sees herself in the process.

One of my Hope client referrals was an intelligent, well-educated woman who has been out of the workforce for a number of years.  She understands how to look for work, but has been struggling with her implementation of her job search.  She felt intense pressure to move forward and feels deeply discouraged when she does not follow through on her job search goals or ideals. When reviewing her HCCI scores, we could see that the areas of challenges were in goal setting and planning along with implementing and adapting.

We worked through her “Circle of Strengths”, learning about the client’s skills, strengths and values. Our next activity was “Walking the Problem” which allows the client to work through a challenge that they are currently facing. The client chose her fear of cold calling as the challenge that she wanted to work through. As the client was describing her “problem”, we referenced her “Circle of Strengths” on multiple occasions to make sense of why this felt so difficult for her. She realized that she values being a knowledge expert and has perfectionistic tendencies. It would make sense that cold calling feels terrifying to her because she is concerned that she will be asked something that she doesn’t know and that she will come across as being incompetent. When the client sat in the solution (which she defined as being able to make the cold calls confidently), she felt great! But she struggled to identify the steps that had moved her into that place of solution. She used the metaphor of an “opaque wall” between her current situation and the solution. We tried to envision different ways of moving around the barrier and it wasn’t until we started talking about her motivation for working that she started to be able to generate some ideas on how to move forward towards her solution.

The client commented that it was very helpful for her to get another view of herself and to get help in “connecting the dots” to understand why she was struggling to move forward while also helping her to see what she has to offer an employer.  I often think of myself of holding up a mirror to the client, helping them to see themselves in another way! I love how the various activities that we work through in Hope provide different perspectives, yet are very much linked.

HOPE Project at CANNEXUS 2016

The Hope Research Project has been live now for a few weeks and we are happy to report that our participants are actively going through both f2f and online interventions. Tannis and Norm were excited to share some details about the project at Cannexus this year to a full room of about 150 attendees!

Attendees demonstrated great interest in how the Hope Interventions could be utilized across the career development sector as readiness activities to help Clients prepare for reflection and taking action.

Norm demonstrated the Circle of Strengths intervention in a f2f setting and the process for online delivery was reviewed with real exchanges between Facilitator and a Client. It was really interesting to see a number of ah-ha moments when people could see the power of written reflection.

Norm and Tannis also discussed Walking the Problem as an intervention and the challenges faced with interpreting the activity in an online format. They shared a video part of the online intervention and many people indicated that they could see how the video evoked similar feelings and inspiration as the f2f delivery.

They could feel the enthusiasm for this research project and can tell that people are watching to see how it unfolds and what can be learned and integrated into services across varied contexts.

Hope Interventions Project at Cannexus 2015

Tannis Goddard and Dr. Norm Amundson presented updates on the Hope Interventions Research Project at Cannexus 2015. Participants learned about how Hope-Centred Career Interventions are being implemented in different contexts, how face-to-face and online interventions for those who are unemployed are being developed and how the impact will be evaluated.

Also joined them Amber Clarke, from the Saskatoon Health Region. Amber has been implementing Hope Interventions in the Saskatchewan Pathways Project since 2014 and shared her successes with the audience.

Presentation slides can be viewed and downloaded from this link: Hope2015 Cannexus

Dr Norm Amundson delivers Hope webinar

Join Dr Norm Amundson in this FREE webinar presented by CERIC and learn how our research team has been exploring various intervention strategies that help to raise levels of hopefulness and action planning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the hope-centred career model
  • Become familiar with the Hope Centered Career Inventory
  • Learn about interventions that help to raise levels of hopefulness and action planning

Hope-Centred Career Interventions
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

For more information, visit CERIC’s webinar page.

UPDATE: The webinar had over 300 registrants! Click here to watch the recording.