Collective stimulation of emotional consciousness: the role of participation in a career counseling group program
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
4:50 PM, Tuesday 29 Aug 2017 (30 minutes)
Convention Center - 2103
In a career counseling group, the meaning of emotions is often an object of learning. Facing long-term unemployment, some participants may interpret this social situation as a personal responsibility (Blustein, 2006). This can cause sadness, anger, and shame that can hinder actions toward social and professional integration (SPI) (Dionne, 2015). The present analysis is based on a career counseling intervention which took place in disadvantaged socioeconomic communities in Québec. The collective activity and the discursive manifestation of the subject’s learning and, eventually, development have been part of a longitudinal analysis using a framework matrix (Spencer, Ritchie, O’Connor, Morrell & Ormston, 2014). An emphasis is also placed on the discursive manifestations and on the transmission by the counselors of systematic instruments that participants learned. Those instruments serve them to attribute meaning to and to manage emotions especially in relation to work and the educational spheres. The results show that participation in the career counseling group activity, including resolving contradictions, creates many occasions for adults to gain perspective of their perzhivaniya[i]. The systematisation of action to master emotions progressively and give them meaning helps adults getting a progressive freedom from the domination of the immediate affectivity of the situation (Vygotsky, 1930) as they become conscious of the emotions that affect their thinking and actions. The systematic instruments, transmitted and learned in the collective activity, contribute—considering the motivating sphere of consciousness—to more control and to a greater consciousness of the relation to self, to others and to the world, which promotes actions towards their social and professional integration.
[i] For uses on the Russian term perezhivanie in English literature, see Blunden, 2016