2012 ESVDC AWARD
The European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) was particularly proud to present its first Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counseling to Professor Jean Guichard from the National Conservatory of Arts and Professions (CNAM) in Paris, France.
Jean Guichard significantly contributed to the emergence of a new identity of vocational and career counsellors all over Europe. He not only educated younger colleagues and researchers in French speaking countries, but is now frequently invited to other countries all over the world as a teacher and an expert. Through his research and teachings he most positively influenced the image of European vocational and career counseling in the United States, Canada, South America and Africa. For his leadership and influence for the advancement of our discipline and his innovative contributions to academic research in our field, Jean Guichard was awarded by honorary doctorates from the University of East Finland, the University of Lisbon in Portugal and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Furthermore, he will be honoured by the prestigeous UNESCO Chair of Lifelong Guidance and Counseling at the University of Worclaw in Poland. His kindness, honesty, repectful and caretaking attention to others let him be the best ambassador and an outstanding representative of ESVDC.
2013 ESVDC AWARD
The European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) was particularly proud to present its second Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counseling to Professor Salvatore Soresi from the Department of Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy.
Salvatore Soresi definitely marked the field of life design and career counseling in Europe by his everlasting humanistic engagement for the inclusion of all people into worklife and society. Including parents and teachers through preventive interventions for educational and vocational guidance for young people, as well as actively promoting deinstitutionalization and integration of disabled persons motivated years of his research. He significantly contributed to the development of our field by strong evidence based research and as a founder of the ‘Italian Journal of Vocational Psychology’ and editor of two book series. His work was recognized by the ‘High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic ‘ for his Magellan Project for the vocational guidance for high school students. Together with his team at the University of Padova he recently organized a whole series of outstanding International Conferences, enabling many fruitful exchanges with the leading experts in our field and stimulating exciting international research collaborations.
2014 ESVDC AWARD
The European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) was particularly proud to present its third Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counseling to Professor Mark Savickas, Chair Emeritus of Behavioral Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.
Mark Savickas is among the three to five leading scientists in the field of career counseling since the origin of this discipline. He is worldly recognized for his major scientific contribution, his manifold stimulating ideas, theoretical constructs, procedures and instruments. Taking further Donald Super’s ideas on lifelong career development, he innovated and created new ideas investigating life-themes, using narratives and storytelling, understanding life designing and career adaptability into an innovative career construction theory. He has been for years a very efficient mentor for the development of life-design and career counseling in Europe and has generously given to us the motivation and courage to further develop our own identity and assertiveness in Europe. He was distinguished many times: John L. Holland Award in 1994; Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association in 1996; Leona Tyler Award in 2011, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa). This award is a warm sign of our profound gratitude and acknowledgement to Mark Savickas and his generous involvement in our scientific community.
2015 ESVDC AWARD
The European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) was particularly proud to present its third Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counseling to Professor Maria Eduarda Duarte, from University of Lisbon.
Maria Eduarda Duarte has the capacity to interact and cooperate in cross-cultural contexts, both on the research side and on searching for effective strategies in achieving goals characterized by high and shared social relevance. And this has been a long lasting effort, starting during the times in which with Donald Super she contributed to stimulate in Europe the debate on values and continuing nowadays, with the generosity which characterizes her, with her engagement to disseminate Life Design vision in South American countries and to improve the quality of career counselling services by providing her support to research groups and educational projects in those countries. With this award we want to thank to Maria Eduarda Duarte for her her achievements as a “servant leader” in our scientific community.
Maria Eduarda Duarte’s research and teaching interests include career psychology theory and research, with special emphasis on issues relevant to adults and the world of work. She participated in many national and international research projects.
2016 ESVDC AWARD
The European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC) was particularly proud to present its third Award for Distinguished Contributions to Vocational Designing and Career Counseling to Professor Alicja Kargulowa, from University of Lower Silesia.
On graduating from the Higher School of Education in Gdańsk in 1962 with an M.A. degree in pedagogy, she took up employment at a counselling centre. As a counselling practitioner, she enrolled in a Ph.D. programme at the University of Gdańsk (1972-1975), combining work and research. Having earned the doctoral degree with a dissertation on the operations and mechanisms of the counselling centre she had worked for, she got an appointment at the University of Wroclaw, where she continued her research on counselling and obtained the doctor habilitatuts degree in 1986 and full professorship in 1999. She performed various functions in the University’s management bodies. She was a member of the Senate commission for young scholars’ development and represented the Council of the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences in the University Senate. In collaboration with other Polish universities and research centres, she organised a cycle of nationwide scientific seminars devoted to Counselling in the Contemporary World (1979-1995) and worked on a theory of counselling – counsellogy – that germinated there. She devised and developed also a curriculum for “Counselling” – a new study major within Pedagogy, training counsellors and guidance counsellors. As a Vice-Head for Science at the Institute of Pedagogy, she launched and supervised a doctoral programme in education and psychology and the Interpersonal Contacts School, a post-graduate programme for pedagogy and psychology graduates. In 1999, She relocated to the newly founded University of Zielona Góra, where she was Head of the Counsellogy Section and launched a major in Counselling, offered to the students of Pedagogy and training future counsellors. Currently, I am Professor at the University of Lower Silesia. In her research she has always focused on counselling in a broad sense of the term, including theoretical, methodological and empirical facets of counselling conceived as a social practice. She has published six books and about 100 articles and edited eight volumes addressing these issues. She has supervised multiple M.A. theses and eight Ph.D. dissertations. Her former Ph.D. students are now university lecturers. She is a member of PTP (Polish Pedagogical Association), WTN (Wroclaw Scientific Society), IAEVG/AIOSP and a founding member of NTP (Counsellogical Association) and the ESVDC. She is Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual Studia.