Title Appearance Matters - optimising the outcomes for vocational guidance counselling and vocational training
Project Number 527463-LLP-1-2012-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Appearance dissatisfaction is a principal component and predictor of lowered self esteem, emotional distress, negative health behaviours and poor educational outcomes and may contribute unintentionally to social exclusion and discrimination. If service providers have limited understanding and experience with this topic and how it influences the individual, they will fail to achieve optimal outcomes and unintentionally create a barriers for these affected individuals, which will lead to further social exclusion.
One in five people have a disfigurement and for many, this ‘difference’ negatively impacts self esteem and social functioning. They, and many others who do not (in their own eyes, or in the view of others) conform to societal norms or ideals of appearance, can experience distress, stigma and discrimination. People who are distressed about their appearance can be affected in numerous ways. In large scale studies, appearance dissatisfaction has been cited as a principal component and predictor of lowered self esteem, emotional distress, negative health behaviours and poor
educational outcomes and may unintentionally contribute to social exclusion and discrimination. If service providers have limited understanding and experience with this topic and how it influences the individual, they will fail to achieve optimal outcomes and unintentionally create a barrier that leads to further social exclusion.
The aims of the project are to develop training, supported by a wide range of materials, for new or existing vocational guidance counsellors and vocational trainers to enable them to understand and recognize the causes and consequences of disfigurement and/or appearance dissatisfaction in their clients and of the stigma and/or discrimination faced by these individuals. T
The primary objective is that following training, participants will be able to recognise that clients who present with obvious handicaps in terms of gender, age, ethnicity also may be negative affected by their disfigurement and/or appearance dissatisfaction in combination with stigma and societal barriers. Participants will understand how this group is at higher risk of exclusion in our European society. A client with disfigurement and/or appearance dissatisfaction may experience poor psychosocial health, which will have a negative influence on their engagement in society as well as their quality of life. They may have also experienced discrimination and stigma that has further affected their psychological wellbeing and might generate helplessness about their current situation. This may mean that the client is very difficult to counsel and to support in becoming self-activated. It is paramount that trainers and guidance counsellors learn to recognise the symptoms of distress and are able to offer their clients appropriate techniques to become self-activating and to make appropriate career decisions concerning vocational learning and employment. Practitioners will also learn to recognise the importance of developing networks of professionals from different areas who may encounter individuals with disfigurement and/or appearance dissatisfaction, in order to share the expertise more broadly.
Additional objectives are to achieve sustainability by disseminating the training materials widely among guidance practitioners and vocational training providers through the strategic groups and networks; and by incorporating the project outcomes into the practice of partners and multipliers who carry out vocational guidance and training.
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program or curricula
Product information The products will be achieved through the design and making freely available a training programme, in the form of a curriculum and associated reading materials, tools and methods. These will be made available as a web resource and a Good Practice Guide, published in all the project languages.