Bridging Two Worlds: Culturally Responsive Career Development Programs and Services to Meet the Needs of Newcomer and Refugee Children in Canada

This three-year research program investigates schools and communities in Calgary, Winnipeg, Charlottetown and St. John’s to learn about their shared and disparate approaches to career development for refugee and newcomer children. This knowledge will prepare counsellors and teachers who provide career development programs and services and it will create stronger networks between community partners, universities organizations and schools throughout Canada. Interns, who contribute to this research program, will be part of a multi-agency support network to facilitate the provision of career development programs and services for newcomer/refugee youth. Interns will contribute to the development of recommendations for policy and practice and they will contribute to creating professional development activities/lessons to prepare counsellors to assist with career decision making for youth from newcomer/refugee backgrounds. The overarching goal is to contribute new knowledge to the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling and to provide
counsellors with knowledge and practical resources to help provide career counselling to middle and secondary level newcomer and refugee youth in Canada.

Faculty Supervisor:

Xuemei Li


Michael Brennan


Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling






University of Prince Edward Island



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