Integrative Life Planning: Critical Tasks for Career Development and Changing Life Patterns / Edition 1

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In the field of career development, Integrative Life Planning is a landmark book that recognizes the radical shifts in today's lifestyles and workplaces and offers a holistic counseling approach that joins career planning with the life path of an individual. Written by L. Sunny Hansen—a pioneer in career development—this important resource details her highly regarded concept of integrative life planning (ILP). As the book reveals, using the ILP framework enables career professionals, counselors, and their clients to develop career and life patterns that are holistic and focused on both individual satisfaction and community benefit. Integrative Life Planning provides an analysis of Hansen's revolutionary ILP concept that is anchored in an interdisciplinary framework of six critical tasks: finding work that needs doing in changing global contexts; weaving our lives into a meaningful whole, connecting family and work; valuing pluralism and inclusivity, exploring spirituality and life purpose; and managing personal transitions and organizational change. The book offers a wealth of ideas and information on each of the critical tasks as well as illustrative strategies and career interventions that can be used or adapted when implementing the ILP concept. ILP is an ideal approach for dealing with changes in work, family, learning, and society. Using a quilt metaphor, it integrates many aspects of individuals, families, and organizations including both the personal and the professional. In this pioneering work, the author advocates for people to make life choices and decisions consistent with the changes of a dynamic global society. The ILP concept takes into account self-satisfaction and the common good; personal accomplishment and community benefit. Hansen argues persuasively that this global approach can lead to more meaningful lives, more humane relationships, and a more caring society.

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"A visionary work that can only be described as superb. It is destined to make a giant contribution to the field of career development, because it is truly holisitc in weaving together important factors that impact the human condition. The needs of individuals, groups, and communities are considered in the career developmemt process and a realistic and workable conceptual model is proposed. I believe that ILP will become a classic in the field and required reading for career professionals." (Derald Wing Sue, professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda and California State University, Hayward)

• This is an extremely rich feast of resources for the career practitioner, integrating an impressive range of issues and perspectives on life and career planning. It is the best work I have seen in bringing together the finest scholarly thinking and practical experience in holistic life and career development. As we are all try to 'find our feet' in this turbulent world, this book is a 'must' for every career specialist's tool kit.? (Douglas T. Hall, professor of organizational management, Boston University and author of Care Development in Organizations)

• While this book presents next-wave thinking about career development, it also provides the reader the essential backdrop of the past and assures that present issues are integrated into futuristic thinking. The model rediscovers, reawakens, and revitalizes the field of career development.? (Marvalene Hughes, president, California State University, Stanislaus)

• Twenty-first century work, life planning, and our very personhood are central to this brilliant book. A must book for professionals and for our new generation of students.? (Mary Bradford Ivey, counselor, Fort River School, Amherst, Massachusetts and visiting professor, University of Hawaìi, Manoa Allen E. Ivey, distinguished university professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Recognizes the radical shifts in today's lifestyles and workplaces and offers a holistic counseling approach that joins career planning with the life path of an individual. Provides an analysis of Hansen's ILP concept, which is anchored in a framework of six critical tasks: finding work that needs doing in changing global contexts, weaving our lives into a meaningful whole, connecting family and work, valuing pluralism and inclusivity, exploring spirituality and life purpose, and managing personal transitions and organizational change. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787902001
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,186,505
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

L. SUNNY HANSEN is professor of counseling and student personnel psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has been the director of the BORN FREE Program since 1976.

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Table of Contents

Integrative Life Planning: A New Way of Thinking about Career Development.

Recognizing the Interdisciplinary Origins of ILP.

Critical Task 1: Finding Work That Needs Doing in Changing Global Contexts.

Critical Task 2: Weaving Our Lives into a Meaningful Whole.

Critical Task 3: Connecting Family and Work.

Critical Task 4: Valuing Pluralism and Inclusivity.

Critical Task 5: Exploring Spirituality and Life Purpose.

Critical Task 6: Managing Personal Transitions and Organizational Change.

Integrating Lives, Shaping Society: Implications for Career Professionals.

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