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Expanding the Vision of Vocational Psychology

Dr. David Blustein Presents to International Audience

Dr. David Blustein, Lynch School of Education
Dr. David Blustein

Dr. David Blustein of the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology department recently delivered a keynote address to an audience of over 300 people at the International Association of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, Australia.

The addresses, which represented the state-of-the-art in vocational psychology, offered a new paradigm focusing on understanding the role of poverty and other forms of social oppression at work. The presentation provided the participants with a framework for expanding the vision of vocational psychology, along with some specific suggestions for practice, research, and public policy.

"It was humbling to speak in front of the major theorists and scholars in vocational psychology and to offer a more expansive, inclusive, and socially just approach to understanding the role of work in people's lives," Blustein said.

The 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology, hosted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), was be held in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, bringing together more than 3,000 presenters from over 60 countries, including prominent psychologists, researchers, and keynote speakers.

The congress is held every four years. Key themes this year included: psychological responses to refugees, disaster, homelessness, poverty, terrorism, genocide and climate change, and other topical themes such as hoarding, stalking, body image, youth substance abuse issues, traffic psychology and bullying.

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