Norman Amundson, Ph.D.
Dr. Norman E. Amundson is a Full Professor in Counselling Psychology / Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has given numerous workshops and seminars and also has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences.
Dr. Amundson is actively involved in a number of professional associations. He has been a governor for the Canadian Career Development Foundation for many years. For the National Career Development Association he was a founding member of the International Committee. For the National Employment Counseling Association he served for many years as editor of the Journal of Employment Counseling. For the American Counseling Association he is a current associate editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development.
In his writings, Dr. Amundson emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, positive affirmation, hope, cultural awareness, and action as career counselling strategies. His publications include over 100 journal articles; training DVDs (Active Engagement in Action, 2009); books such as Active Engagement (2009, 3rd edition), The Essential Elements of Career Counseling (2009, 2nd edition), The Physics of Living (2003), Metaphor Making (2010), Hope-Filled Engagement (2011); Career Flow: A Hope-Centered Approach to Career Development (2011), and several career workbooks - Guiding Circles and Career Pathways. His books have been translated into the following languages: French, Swedish, Icelandic, Dutch, Finnish, Danish, Greek, Italian, Turkish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Estonian, Chinese and Japanese.
Dr. Amundson has won a number of awards, some of his recent accomplishments include: Best Research Article in the Career Development Quarterly - National Career Development Association; the Judy Geoghegan-Doi Distinguished Professional Service Award – National Employment Counseling Association; Honorary Life Time Board Member of ENET; Honorary Life Time Member of the Swedish Career Development Association; and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Umea, Sweden.
In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Amundson has been actively involved as a career consultant in many different projects. His work has been recognized by the Canadian federal government and he has helped to prepare individual and group training materials for employment counselors. He also has worked with many private firms delivering employment counseling, most notably SUCCESS – a large employment transition program for immigrants and refugees. He also has been active in the corporate sector, helping companies to enhance recruitment and retention by using his workplace attractor materials.