Chaos Theory of Careers : Counselling for Constant Change

LONDON - 22 January 2019 

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This one-day masterclass introduces the Chaos Theory of Careers.

This innovative approach to career development and coaching was developed to reflect the realities of a rapidly changing, complex and uncertain world in which work is enacted.  It takes into account chance events, opportunity awareness, resilience and the need for creative re-invention to remain relevant and viable in the face of constantly shifting requirements of the labour market. 

We will present practical techniques to assist clients gain insights into how they respond to change and uncertainty, as well as coaching exercises, assessment tools and models of chaos-based counselling practice. The Beyond Personal Mastery® model of creativity will be presented as a framework for creative responses to complex and changing circumstances.  The course will be supported by extensive (optional) further reading available to all delegates.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of the Chaos Theory of Careers
  • Familiarisation with models and tools used in chaos-based counselling practice, including the Beyond Personal Mastery model
  • Information on further resources and reading
  • Techniques to help clients mange change and transition
Target Audience

Career advisers and career leaders, employability advisers working with young people and adults; researchers and private practitioners, indeed any one interested in developing their professional understanding and practice in a fast-changing world.


Session 1              10 - 11:30am - Introduction to the Chaos Theory of Careers

Session 2              11:45 -12:45pm - Coaching and Counselling for Positive Uncertainty

Lunch 12:45 - 1:30

Session 3             1:30 - 2:30 - Integrating assessment tools with constant change

Session 4             2:30-3:30 - Beyond Personal Mastery - Coaching for Creative Solutions

About the Presenter

Jim Bright is an Organisational Psychologist, Professorial Fellow in Career Education and Development at Australian Catholic University and Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby, UK.  His primary research interests focus on the application of complexity and chaos approaches to career development, and leading educational change. He has published extensively on career development including 12 books and over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, reports and careers tests.

Dr Bright combines his academic role with running Bright and Associates, a career development consultancy specialising in career coaching, medico-legal assessment, expert witness testimony, speaking and training.  He has written over 1000 medico-legal reports related to vocational capacity, and has written a weekly careers column in the Sydney Morning Herald for over a decade.

Professor Jim is a widely experienced keynote and workshop presenter. In recent years he has presented invited keynotes and addresses in the USA, Canada, UK, China, Taiwan, Philippines, New Zealand and around most of Australia. He skillfully combines authority, intellect, humour and entertainment to convey important messages about change and creativity in an accessible, fun and memorable way.  Jim is an invited or regular guest on various radio and television programs.

Booking your place

Once we have an idea of delegate numbers, we will identify a venue in central London. A light sandwich lunch will be provided.

Member price £145 + VAT; Non-member price £195 + VAT; Student places – 4 x £60 + VAT.

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