Writing as soul work: training teachers in a group-based career-narrative approach

Reinekke Lengelle, Sjon Ashby

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Writing as soul work refers to the active engagement of students in transformative writing activities in a group setting with the aim to enable students to develop new, more empowering narratives. This article explains how soul work through writing can be used to foster career adaptability, expressed in the form of increased awareness and self-direction. We summarise the labour market realities that underlie a need for more narrative approaches and introduce writing as soul work as a potential method to respond to these contemporary career challenges. We define what is meant by soul work and writing, illustrate its use with several stories from practice, and make recommendations for teachers and implementation in institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-416
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug. 2017


  • Career counselling
  • career training for teachers
  • career writing
  • creative writing
  • emotional competence at work
  • soul work
  • teachers
  • transformative learning


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