Support for those who help us choose our life path

Everyone asks themselves the existential question "What will I do with my life?" at one time or another. In search of an answer, we may turn to various specialists such as career counsellors, employment counsellors, psychologists, human resources consultants and vocational teachers. 

The Groupe de recherche et d'intervention sur l'insertion et le maintien durable en emploi (Research and Intervention Group on Insertion and Job Retention), directed by Geneviève Fournier from Université Laval, is interested in the support practices used by these specialists, who are constantly required to refine their methods and to innovate in response to the evolving academic and professional context. 

More specifically, the group's research aims at determining and understanding how people working in these fields apply knowledge acquired through participation in collaborative research to their own practice; how they manage to identify and clarify the key elements in the process of changing their practices; and how to develop a procedure for defining the factors that favour or hinder the process of practice change. 

The group's current work includes a project pertaining directly to the intervention methods used by these professionals, during which the researchers will create four groups of eight to ten guidance specialists. Each group will carry out a critical reflection on the interventions of its members, and take initiatives to change the practices demonstrated. It will then be possible to study the effects of each initiative on the participants, and to perform a cross-analysis of the information obtained from the various experiences. 

This research should shed new light on the complex mechanisms and issues involved in the process of practice change. A secondary effect of the research will be to provide an opportunity for analysing the validity of the research methods used. Finally, it will contribute to the development of socio-educational practices and will improve our understanding of current problems in socio-professional integration and counselling.


Groupe de recherche et d'intervention sur l'insertion et le maintien durable en emploi


Geneviève Fournier, Université Laval

Regular members

  • Bruno Bourassa, Université Laval
  • Lise Lachance, U. du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Yann Le Bossé, Université Laval
  • Chantal Leclerc, Université Laval
  • Marie-France Maranda, Université Laval
  • France Picard, Université Laval
  • Louise St-Arnaud, Université Laval