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Professional Practice: Enhancing Career Guidance in the North East

Northumbria University



About the Conference

This conference for career guidance practitioners in the North East, offers an opportunity to network, share best practice and hear about recent research from home and abroad.

We are delighted to be joined by BA Hons Guidance and Counselling students from Northumbria University and staff and students of the School Counselling Masters Program, University of North Florida. 

The deadline for conference bookings is Friday 1 March. Places are limited to please book early to secure your place.

The day will include two workshops, on registration you will be asked to choose 3 preferred workshops from the list below.


Workshop A: Three ways of working with resistance – Peter Beven, Director of Teaching and Learning, Northumbria University

  •  Many practitioners struggle with the apparent lack of engagement of clients with whom they work. This workshop will look at the issue of resistance in three ways: that of issue avoidance, game playing, and resistance as feedback. We will begin to think about helpful strategies we can use to address one to one discussions where we encounter these difficulties.

Workshop B: Working with Groups – Gill Naylor, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

  •  Engaging with groups draws on the full range of career guidance practitioner skills and then asks just a little more. This workshop will explore the key role that effective facilitation plays in the running of successful groups.

Workshop C: The role of the adviser in Preparing for Adulthood for SEND young people – Ann Graham, Connexions LLDD Co-ordinator

  • This workshop will look at how careers guidance supports good transition planning across the 4 Preparing for Adulthood themes and how it can support statutory processes.

Workshop D: Importance of career conversations in making sense of work place experiences – Paula Benton, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

  • Research suggests that work related experiences can increase self-efficacy and provide important opportunities for career exploration but this doesn’t happen in isolation. In this workshop, we will consider the necessary conditions to provide valuable workplace experiences and importance of career conversations to help young people make sense of these.

Workshop E: Working towards mutually beneficial employer encounters – Rachel Morrison, Senior Project Co-ordinator, North East Collaborative Outreach Programme.

  • In light of recent reports highlighting that employer encounters have decreased nationally, this workshop will discuss recent research regarding what a meaningful encounter looks like to the employer and how building positive relationships between stakeholders can support future engagement.


  • 13:00 Arrival and Networking
  • 13:30 Welcome
  • 14:10 Workshop 1
  • 15:05 International keynote – Transforming School Counselling (University of North Florida)
  • 15:40 Workshop 2
  • 16:25 Networking
  • 17:00 Conference Close

Getting Here

Registration takes place at Hall B, Coach Lane Campus West which is in building 3 on this map

Booking is now closed



Event Details

Northumbria University
Coach Lane Campus
Hall B
Newcastle upon Tyne


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