How I’d Like My Life to Be: Future-Oriented Interventions for Teen Counselling
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The purpose of this study is to assess empirical and theoretical support for the use of future-oriented interventions for teen counselling. A review of the literature found three foundational points supporting their use: teens face common developmental tasks and concerns that require future-oriented thought, yet they often lack future focus; future-oriented interventions can direct an individual’s conscious attention to future matters, and; future orientation is associated with wellbeing, though the mechanism is not well understood, and the relationship depends on factors such as temporal bias and temporal attitude. The review confirmed the study’s central hypothesis that single-session, future-oriented interventions might have multiple, beneficial uses in teen counselling, especially for counsellors who work from the theoretical standpoint of positive psychology, time perspective theory, or future directed therapy. The review also revealed a number of key findings that help guide the selection, development, and evaluation of future-oriented interventions for teen counselling. Based on these findings, the study identified six future-oriented interventions that may be appropriate for teen counselling, and proposed one new intervention for further study: How I’d Like My Life To Be.