Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Introduction to This Issue

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Introduction to This Issue

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The story of this special issue of the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal [CPADJ] began with an invitation from Carol Eikleberry, a CPADJ guest editor, to author an article about use of stories with career clients for a CPADJ edition devoted to creativity in career counseling (2003; Vol. 19, No. 4). For more than a year after the publication of that edition, this story sat simmering on some back burner, while many vocational authors, theorists, and practitioners continued to expand narrative or storied approaches.

All came to the boiling point when CPADJ Managing Editor Steven E. Beasley invited me to take on the role of Guest Editor in order to coordinate the publication of additional articles about the use of stories in the career counseling setting. The authors of this Journal issue and I thank him for the opportunity to share our work with you.

The next step in the process was the development of an overall design of this edition. Since I have enjoyed reading, writing and teaching from the down to cases articles in the Career Development Quarterly, I thought of replicating that design, yet with a slight twist: rather than merely presenting three case responses written by expert career development professionals, this edition includes three theory pieces, three case application pieces, followed by a reaction from the case study's author.

The case study, written by Karsten Siebert, is entitled Mid-Life Career Crisis: The Story of Frank.

Next was the identification of three theoretical approaches that incorporate a storied approach to career counseling and locating vocational theorists and practitioners who enjoy writing about their craft. Michael Stebleton and Molly Peterson describe Integration of Positive Psychology and Narrative Approaches to career counseling, and offer a variety of recommended interventions to use with Frank, the case study client, in their next article, entitled Strategies to Author Positive Life Stories. …

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