Vision boards: A creative tool for self-exploration and identity development

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Laura McLaughlin Gonzalez, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Researchers recently described vision boards as a creative tool that counselors and clients can use to promote communication and identification of future goals in a strengths-based and solution-focused way. Using the framework of Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) the authors describe a method for using vision boards in educational settings to promote identity exploration, enhanced self-efficacy beliefs, and the development of career and educational aspirations for under-represented adolescents. The authors present a case example of middle school students from rural, low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds who created vision boards as part of a summer camp. Implications for the use of vision boards are discussed for counselors, counselor educators, and researchers.

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Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1602092
Language: English
Date: 2019
Educational/career development, under-represented youth, social cognitive career theory, vision boards, school counseling, creativity in counseling

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