Life Design Career Counselling with an Abandoned Adolescent: A Case Study

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 1, 2012 , pages: 106–113
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10874527
Author(s): Jacobus G. MareeUniversity of the Free State, South Africa, Sandra CrousUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa


This article describes the value of life design counselling with an abandoned adolescent female. The participant was selected purposively from among a group of abandoned adolescent females who had expressed a need for career counselling. The life intervention comprised two 90-minute sessions per week over a period of a month. Life design data included collage, family constellation, life line, career style interview, asset map and life chapters. Following the intervention, the participant demonstrated career adaptability and an eagerness to take an active part in her evolving life story. Life design counselling has potential to meet the career counselling needs of children with neglect and abandonment experience.

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