Positive psychology in school-based career counseling

One of the areas where positive psychology contributes by focusing on the strengths, virtues and positive features of individuals is the field of psychological counseling and guidance. The distinction between counseling profession and other mental health professions is the counseling profession’s emphasis on personal growth, empowerment, and wellness, rather than the amelioration of deficiencies. According to the American School Counselor Association, promoting the growth and development of every student is one of the explicit purpose of the school counselors. In this context, positive psychology is thought to be an important source for strengthening of students’ capabilities and potentialities, and also experiencing positive emotions in their career development process. The purpose of this study is to provide a perspective on how school counselors can use positive psychological principles to encourage students' career development. The constructs of positive psychology—namely strengths, positive emotions and flow, gratitude— that school counselors can use while working with their students has been discussed for promoting their career development. The emphasis on the development of positive aspects of positive psychology appears to be consistent with the comprehensive developmental model that supports the individual's overall development in personal, social, emotional, and professional areas. Studies show that positive psychology is an important potential for supporting the career development of students. School counselors’ efforts to promote students’ awareness of their strengths and increasing students’ ability to generate positive emotions, flow and gratitude, may help students realize that they have considerable control over their career development.
14th International Conference on Social Sciences (2-3 Mart 2018)


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Citation Formats
S. Seymenler, “Positive psychology in school-based career counseling,” Frankfurt, Almanya, 2018, vol. 1, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/84593.